Friday, 18 August 2017

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GROCERY CO-OP OPENS IN GERALDINE

Fresh Start Cooperative Opens its Doors The tiny and remotely located farming town of Geraldine finally has a grocery store again.  Members of the community came together to form a grocery co-op after their last grocery store closed.   After two years of intensive planning and raising capital from co-op…

CO-OP NITE AT THE BALL PARK

The Montana Council of Cooperatives invites everyone to come out for the 12th Annual Co-op Nite at the Ball Park in Great Falls.  Come watch the Great Falls Voyagers take on the Helena Brewers at Centene Stadium on Friday, August 18 at 7:00 PM. The first 100 families to come…

MONTANA COOPERATIVE IMPACT PROJECT TO LAUNCH THIS FALL

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Cooperative Impact Project will launch this fall as a nine-month educational program that will build awareness of the cooperative business model among the next generation of Montana’s co-op leaders.  The program is supported by the Montana Council of Cooperatives and will be…

MCGREGOR GRADUATES FROM REAL MONTANA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

          Top Photo: REAL Montana, Class II group photo. (Photo courtesy of: REAL Montana) Bottom Photo: Farrah McGregor examines coffee beans during her class trip to Columbia. (Photo by: Jacob Smith, REAL Montana, Class II) By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Farrah McGregor, who represents Northwest…

MONTANA CO-OPS 101 VIDEO WINS AWARD

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist “Montana Co-ops 101: Introduction & History” won third place at the 2017 Cooperative Communicators Association awards competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The video documentary, jointly sponsored by the Montana Council of Cooperatives (MCOC) and the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) is the first in…

CO-OPS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN MONTANA

One of our newest members, Loyal to Local Bitterroot connects consumers with agricultural producers in the Bitterroot Valley, who grow local vegetables, grains, flowers and meats. Go ahead and watch this video that shows how the co-op is making a difference in Montana Produced by Guy Gregory   l  …

CO-OP LEADERS GET BACK TO BASICS

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Co-op leaders from across Montana converged for MCDC’s 2nd Annual Back to Basics Cooperative Summit at Fairmont Hot Springs. More than 80 people attended this year’s event that featured four major sectors of the cooperative economy: food and agriculture, community investment, housing and consumer-based…

EXPLORING A REGIONAL FOOD HUB

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist A survey of producers in the Golden Triangle region is now underway as part of a feasibility study to assess the market potential and economic viability of local food hub system in North Central Montana. The study is being funded by the Farmers Union…

NEIHART STORE COOPERATIVE SEEKS MEMBERS

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Neihart Store Cooperative Association is now accepting stock subscriptions from prospective co-op members. The steering committee is seeking to operate the existing Neihart Inconvenience Store as a consumer cooperative that would serve both residents and recreational visitors to the former mining town nestled…

SIX NEW MEMBERS JOIN THE COUNCIL

By Guy Gregory, MCDC Communications Specialist Membership has grown in the Montana Council of Cooperatives since the beginning of the new year. Six cooperatives from across the state, both established and newly formed, have joined the organization thus far in 2017.   New members that have formed most recently are…