Resources for Start-Ups

Starting a new Food Co-op is both rewarding and challenging.  It’s good to have the support of friends along the way!

Ribbon cutting at Urban Greens Co-op Market, Providence, RI, 2019.

The Sixth Principle of the Co-operative Identity recognizes that “co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.”  Indeed, the most successful co-operative movements are those that are linked together by associations that support shared growth and success.

That’s why the member co-ops of the NFCA leveraging our shared resources, expertise, and experience to support Start-Ups across the Northeast.  Together with partners including Food Co-op Initiative, we’re growing the next wave of food co-ops.

Contact us for more information on membership and see below for more resources.

Basics: Food Co-op Development in a Nutshell

How to Start Co-op Manuals

Capital Campaign Planning

Case Studies

Community Organizing Resources

Board Resources





NFCA Start-up Workshop Day Presentations


Project Management