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A great article in the May, 2015 Smithsonian magazine, “Welcome To Farmtopia” by Franz Lidz, gives yet another example of the legitimacy of the local food, backyard farm movement. I should be overjoyed since this sort of thing is what I’ve preached and predicted for 50 years. Farmtopia in this article features Serenbe, Georgia, one of the new homesite developments in the U.S.

JaKo Farm avoids the farmers market by selling 95 percent of their products through an on-farm store — using the honor system. While this obviously wouldn’t work for all farms, it’s a fascinating case study in direct marketing in Kansas, of all places. Being from the Wheat State, and around agriculture for most of my childhood, I had to see it for myself.

The most important thing has been the local exchange trading system, the TEM, a form of barter system introduced by Volos residents because so many people were struggling to afford items in euros.

In the three years since I have been trading in TEM, by offering English and guitar lessons, second-hand clothes and bric-a-brac, I have earned and spent 9,500 TEM.

“This is about controlling our labor, and that’s what Juneteenth is all about. Wouldn’t it be fundamentally different if directly affected people were doing the trainings and own the companies that were doing the hiring?” Dominic Moulden, of ONE DC, asked.

This tells the story of a PMA held on June 27, 2015 as part of the US Social Forum in Philadelphia. This PMA was cohosted by the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, USA Cooperative Youth Council, Solidarity NYC, & US Solidarity Economy Network.

I have been part of cooperatives all my life; I lived in communes, I work in a cooperative now. I experienced firsthand how they can put people at the center of the equation but, at the same time, obviously there is nothing paradisiacal about them. They are not the silver bullet for capitalism.

Many Owners = Much Accountability. Beyond whether or not Welch Allyn will continue to employ here in Central New York, they have given up their accountability to the region, by giving up ownership to an out-of-town corporation. The business no longer has those familial ties to its neighbors.

GUELPH, ON, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - The Co-operators has announced that they will increase their pledge to the Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund (CCIF) to $10 million. The Fund, which will be launched in the coming months, will support the development and expansion of Canadian co-operatives with loans and other funding sourced from the co-op sector.

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