Member Gatherings

Providing a space for networking, collaboration, and mutual support is central to the work of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA).  Member co-ops are invited to send representatives from their staff and board of directors to our biannual gatherings, which include our Annual Meeting, held in the Spring, and our Fall Member Gathering.  These gatherings are typically attended by over 100 co-operators from our member co-ops and representatives from partner organizations, and they include workshops, guest presentations, strategic discussions, and opportunities for networking and information sharing. 

Our gatherings are made possible by the support of our members, other co-operatives, and co-op support organizations.

Below are presentations and photos from recent Neighboring Food Co-op Association member gatherings:.


 
Ten years after food co-op leaders in our region first gathered to discuss working more closely together, over 100 co-operators met in Hanover, NH, on September 27th for the Fourth Annual Fall Gathering of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA). The meeting brought together representatives from more than 40 food co-ops and start-ups and partner organizations. Keynote speaker J. Tom Webb addressed ‘The Co-operative Difference in Challenging Times,’ laying out the shortcomings of conventional business and the potential for co-ops to help build a better world.

 

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On March 29th, 2014, the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) held its Third Annual Meeting, hosted by the Putney Food Co-op in Putney, VT.  The gathering, facilitated by David Fowle, Eastern Corridor Advisor for the National Co-op Grocers Association, was attended by over 100 co-operators from more than 35 food co-ops and start-up initiatives from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and over 10 regional and national partner organizations.


NFCA Fall Gathering Presentation, 7th Sept 2013


NFCA Annual Meeting Photos, 2012