2014 CALIFORNIA CO-OP CONFERENCE CO-OP TOURS
Last year's Co-op Tour was such a success, we decided to hold a tour of local co-ops again this year, in and around the East Bay. On Sunday, April 13, you will have the opportunity to check out a number of local co-ops like Mandela Marketplace, Mandela Foods Cooperative, Atchison Village, Parker Street, Arizmendi Bakery, and Berkeley Town House Cooperative. Logistics for the tour will be sent to those interested in joining the tour.
Type of Co-op: Food
Mandela Marketplace is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with local residents, family farmers, and community-based business to improve health, create wealth, and build assets through cooperative food enterprises in low income communities. Through community organizing, education, business cultivation, and “ladder-up” financing, community members engage in the development, operation, and ownership of a local economy and sustainable food system. Mandela Marketplace acts as a “cultivator” who provides expertise in community engagement, planning support, alternative business modeling, resource development, existing infrastructure improvement, etc.
Mandela Foods Cooperative
Type of Co-op: Worker-owned grocery
A worker owned grocery store, Mandela Foods Cooperative offers sustainable grown produce, high quality food, and local goods seven days a week to an inner-city food desert that previously had little access to healthy food. Opened on 2009 after several years of community organizing around access to healthy food in West Oakland, Mandela Foods Cooperative serves their customers while building community wealth and health through business ownership, nutrition education, access to locally grown food, affordable produce, and quality products.
Type of Co-op: Housing
Atchison Village is a 30 acre cooperative housing community in Richmond, California which was originally built as housing for defense workers from the Kaiser Shipyards. Constructed by the Richmond Housing Authority in 1941 as Richmond's first public defense housing project, it is the only project funded by the Lanham Community Facilities Act that still exists in Richmond and one of the few in the nation not destroyed after the war. The village was sold by the government to its residents in 1956, and continues to be a mutual housing cooperative to this day. Atchison Village cooperative offers cooperative home ownership to its members, including 450 apartments of five styles in 97 one-story buildings and 65 two-story buildings. Every unit has ground level access both front and back and fenceable backyards.
Berkeley Town House Cooperative
Type of Co-op: Senior Housing Co-op
Berkeley Town House Cooperative Corporation is the first senior housing cooperative in the United States. The nine story, 60 unit apartment building was built in 1962 and has a rich history of occupants who were and are writers, artists, teachers and professors–many of whom are still active in their professions and in the community.
Residents democratically govern this market-rate housing cooperative. Shares are sold on the open market, and there are no income restrictions. Berkeley Town House Cooperative is more affordable than many senior housing developments, in part because residents decide on the amenities provided, which do not include central medical, nursing, nutritional, laundering, or housekeeping services. Activities are also directed by members and include a community garden, concerts by classical and popular musicians, a weekly movie and discussion group, and an arts and crafts group.
If you are attending the conference, wait until Registration is open to sign up and receive a discounted rate.
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