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 member dues and the support of other co-operatives and co-op support organizations including Cabot Creamery, CDS Consulting Co-op, Cooperative Development Foundation, Cooperative Fund of New England, Deep Root Organic Co-op, Equal Exchange, National Cooperative Grocers Association, and Organic Valley.
Below are presentations from recent gatherings to give a sense of the topics covered.