Regional Economic Development Agency Honors Rogue Co-ops Co-ops Do Build a Better World

Rogue Co-ops, a unique partnership of four Southern Oregon cooperatives, has been honored for its successful teamwork and dedication to the community with the annual Collaboration Award presented by Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. (SOREDI). Comprised of Ashland Food Co-op, Medford Food Co-op, Rogue Federal Credit Union, and Grange Co-op, Rogue Co-ops provides Southern Oregon and Northern California residents everything from high-quality groceries and garden supplies, to farm and pet supplies, home, auto and business loans, and much more. The group collectively employs approximately 600 people and provides products and services to a combined 90,000 members, in addition to thousands more non-members. Rogue Co-ops also donated nearly $250,000 to community service organizations, charities, and events during 2011. SOREDI's Collaboration Award honors a group of businesses setting aside competitive concerns for the good of one or more businesses and the community. In line with that standard, Rogue Co-ops' four companies vow to put people ahead of profits and challenge each other to operate by ethical standards. "At SOREDI, we understand the importance of a collective of people all working together in the same direction," said Michael Smith, SOREDI Business Development Manager. "Our efforts with regional economic development are based on good collaboration, so for companies as diverse as these four to come together and create a concerted effort, we recognize that it's a phenomenal thing. It's a really unique thing in our area. We have lots of companies that come together in concerted efforts, but nothing quite as unique as Rogue Co-ops." Rogue Co-ops, formed in January to celebrate 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) with a theme “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World." Throughout the year, the four businesses are focusing on the concept of cooperatives putting people first, innovating to meet member's needs, and providing local service while being part of a global network.

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Meet Board of Director Trine Ostergaard

Trine Ostergaard is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. She brings a world, literally, of experience to the table and has a sincere passion and love for the Co-op. We are thrilled to have her aboard and asked her to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Meet Board of Director Dean Williamson

Dean Williamson is a newly elected Ashland Food Co-op Board of Director. He brings to the table a plethora of co-op experience and a love of chocolate chip cookies. We are thrilled to have him aboard and asked him to answer a few questions.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Staff Picks: Favorite Local Products

September is Love Local Month!  All month long we’re celebrating our local farmers and vendors with demos, events and more. Here are some of our staff's favorite local products.


Meet Pachamamma Coffee Cooperative

By Lauren Taber, Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative started in 2001 with a few simple questions in mind: what would it look like to take Fair Trade a step further? How can coffee farmers be in direct relationship with end consumers in the United States?

We found that the answer was even simpler: cooperative ownership. Pachamama Coffee has been 100% farmer-owned since day one, and is currently owned by 140,000 small scale family farmers across the coffee producing regions of the world.

Community Cider Backyard Fruit Drive

How often can you browse the shelf at your neighborhood grocery store, see a bottle of hand crafted, local cider and say, “Hey, I help make that!” Well, at the Co-op you can.

2018 Board Election Results

The AFC Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Board Election. There were three excellent candidates running for two Board positions. In total, 905 votes were cast.

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve three-year terms on the Ashland Food Co-op Board of Directors.

Thank you for voting!



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Report from the Board of Directors: Strategic Plan Update

By Jeff Golden, External Relations Committee Chair

Ashland Food Co-op is striding into the future with careful intention. We’re especially focused on the three top priorities of our strategic planning process, a collaboration of our board and management team. A quick update:

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