Must Reads

How To Start A Coop

The web is full of helpful info on how coops work and how to go about setting one up. Catch up on your reading before we meet with Joe Holtz of the Park Slope Food Coop on Thursday! Here are a few places to get started:

  • What Are Coops? – This page from the National Cooperative Grocers Association gives a brief overview of the goals of a food coop.
  • How To Start A Cooperative – Info from the National Cooperative Business Association on how to begin a new coop.
  • How To Start A Food Coop – A more thorough look at the steps involved in setting up a food coop.

Update: Ken from the PSFC sends along some more helpful reads relating directly to how the PSFC works (thanks, Ken!):


One response to “Must Reads

  1. See also these links from the Park Slope Food Coop’s site (, which fill in some of the gaps unaddressed in the above links: Having everyone be a working member, and empowering all members as decision makers.

    Frequently asked questions:

    Mission statement:

    General meeting:

    Membership manual: