Co-op Month Photo Competition

It’s Co-op Month: time to show off your Co-op Pride with our Co-op Month Photo Competition for NFCA Marketing & Merchandizing Staff.

This competition for NFCA Co-op Marketing Staff runs the whole month of October with a different promo for each week.  The goal: visually demonstrate our Co-operative Values and Co-op Difference in our stores to engage members and shoppers. There will be a winner announced for each of the 4 categories on the Saturday of each week, with co-op swag prizes.  Learn how to participate.

CONGRATS to the 2018 Co-op Month Winners!

Week 1Co-op End Cap: Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Co-op-Made Products Get the Spotlight at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op

Week 2: Co-op Shelf Promo: Brattleboro Food Co-op 

Ruth from Brattleboro Food Co-op & Co-op-Produced Katalyst Kombucha

Week 3: Co-op Pride Staff Photo: Putney Food Co-op & Springfield Food Co-op

Front End Staff at Springfield Food Co-op
Staff at Putney Food Co-op show their Co-op Pride in front of their Equal Exchange Display

Week 4: Co-op Jack-0′-Lantern: Rutland Area Food Co-op

Rutland Area Food Co-op’s Jack-o’-Lantern: “We See the Future”: “You look at our co-ops throughout Vermont, through the US, and throughout the world, and you see people banding together, working to save our planet, making sure everyone gets a fair wage for the work they do, and helping individuals get their chance to find and take advantage of their potential. WE See The Future, not one entity, but a group of people, businesses, communities sharing with each other their own experiences, and finding ways to better ourselves and our world.”

How to participate:

  1. Create displays/gather staff/carve a pumpkin in your co-op using the week’s theme.
  2. Take a photograph of the theme and
  3. Post the photo to your Co-op’s Facebook account. In the photo’s description, say what the item is and tag it with #NeighborCoops and #CoopMonth so it can be counted.
  4. All photos must be posted for that week by Friday at midnight.
  5. After the week ends, Neighboring Food Co-op Association staff will announce a winner and post on NFCA social media.

Contest Themes By Week:

  • Week 1Co-op End Cap: Photo of an End Cap (or floor display) demonstrating co-op difference and promoting other Co-ops in the food system.  Could utilize “Co-ops: By the Community, For the Community” co-op month theme or NFCA information.
    • Post by: Friday, October 4th at midnight
  • Week 2: Co-op Shelf Promo:  Photo of shelf using Go Co-op shelf tag promoting a product/products from  Co-ops in the food system . Could include language/display demonstrating the co-op difference.
    • Post by: Friday, October 11th at midnight
  • Week 3: Co-op Pride Staff Photo: Staff Photo of Co-op Staff sporting their Co-op Pride/demonstrating co-op difference. Could include NFCA temporary tattoo, buttons, or bumperstickers or info cards.
    • Post by: Friday, October 18th at midnight
  • Week 4: Co-op Jack-0′-Lantern: Pumpkin Carved with Co-op Month Theme/Co-ops Rock/your Co-op logo/name, etc.
    • Post by: Friday, October 25th at midnight


Awesome Co-op swag from some of your favorite Co-ops (see below) AND recognition of your co-op’s awesomeness on NFCA social media!

Thank You to our Producer Co-ops partners for providing our prizes this year!