Cooperative Education

Welcome to our Cooperative Education center! We’ve create this online center to be a resource for all of your cooperative and community-economics questions.

As we embark on our mission to open the Louisville Community Grocery, we strive to create an equitable food system for all members of our community – and education is the first step!

What is a cooperative?

Picture this: you and your neighbors recognize a need that isn’t being met in your community, whether it be groceries, child care, home and lawn care, or housing services. So you and your neighbors decide to take matters into your own hands. You all pool together your resources to fuel a new business in the community. But not only do you fuel it, you own it and have a continued say in the future of the business. This is a cooperative.

Cooperatives are businesses voluntarily owned and governed by the community they serve. Any business can have a cooperative model, from a supermarket to a bank to a media network. Usually, individuals become owners by making a one-time equitable investment.

Example of a Cooperative

New Roots, based in Louisville, KY, utilizes the cooperative model to organize Fresh Stop Markets in areas with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Click the image below to learn more about New Roots, their model, and the work they are doing across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

New Roots Cooperative Model

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