Every so often I like to check in with other Co-op’s around the country. One that I pay of particular interest is the Monadnock Community Market. I was first introduced to Bonnie Hudspeth, the community organizer via a co-op educational webinar in 2010. Bonnie’s co-op is about two years ahead of ours in development, and at that time they were facing many of the same challenges that we are currently facing — time management, membership development, and overall community education.
What’s inspirational is that since that time they have grown from a few member-owners to over 700, and have secured a property! And this is in a city with a population a quarter the size of San Clemente. Just think what we could accomplish. Watch this video, a New Wave of Co-ops and see for yourself. Ciao.