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the Heirloom Project is forming a *multi-stakeholder cooperative in downtown Missoula. We are developing a unique model for a community-scale marketplace that will supply access to local, regional and nutrient-dense farm-fresh fare. We seek to educate, empower and engage community members toward the benefits of traditional foods and their preparation, time-honored healing arts and modern homemaking skills. the Heirloom Project will promote accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, nutritionally-prepared parenting and holistic therapies. The Cornerstones of our business will be Community-Based, with a Downtown Location providing Traditional Foods (Real/Slow) through a Multi-Stakeholder Cooperative Business Model that supports a Slow Money Economy.
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Co-op supermarkets extend fridge door scheme

Co-op supermarkets extend fridge door scheme | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
Chain saves £50m a year in energy bills but other stores fear for sales if produce is shut away
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Co-op Difference | Stronger Together

Co-op Difference | Stronger Together | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
StrongerTogether.coop is a place for people to gather on their foodjourneys.
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A Banker Bets on Organic Farming

A Banker Bets on Organic Farming | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
There is profit-potential as well as environmental wisdom in organic farming, according to one investment strategist.
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The Food Movement, Rising by Michael Pollan | The New York Review of Books

The Food Movement, Rising by Michael Pollan | The New York Review of Books | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
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The New Culinary Trend: Traditional Foods

The New Culinary Trend: Traditional Foods | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
Find out how, in order to make progress, we need to go back to our historical roots.
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Blended Value | The Pursuit of Integrated Economic, Social & Environmal Value

Blended Value | The Pursuit of Integrated Economic, Social & Environmal Value | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
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Introducing the “Meet the Ambler Food Co-op” Series!

Introducing the “Meet the Ambler Food Co-op” Series! | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
This is the first post in our Meet the Ambler Food Co-op series!  We will post profiles of committee members and volunteers who are working on developing the co-op, and later member owners. M...
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OnMilwaukee.com Marketplace: The Outpost Market Café opened today

OnMilwaukee.com Marketplace: The Outpost Market Café opened today | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
Outpost Natural Foods and Aurora Sinai Medical Center joined forces and The Outpost Market Cafe opened today in the main lobby at Aurora, 945 N. 12th St.
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Hacking Meat: How Software Could Re-invent Meat Distribution | Food+Tech Connect

Hacking Meat: How Software Could Re-invent Meat Distribution | Food+Tech Connect | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
Will Turnage explores software solutions for scaling small-scale local meat from an online marketplace for the group buying of meat to a custom ordering system local butcher shops.
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A New Era of Crowdfunding?

A New Era of Crowdfunding? | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
There’s more to crowdfunding than Kickstarter and the like. They pre-sell. That funding gets you product, not equity. This post is an update on the JOBS Act which was signed into law in April...
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How 'Millennials' Are Changing Food as We Know It - Forbes

How 'Millennials' Are Changing Food as We Know It - Forbes | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
Move over Boomers, the Millennials are taking over.  And that shift will potentially change the food system as we know it. That's the word in a report released this summer by Jeffries Alix Partners.
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Small-Scale Farmers Creating a New Profit Model

Small-Scale Farmers Creating a New Profit Model | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
With an aging farm population and a looming shortage of migrant workers, local growers band together for collective organic clout.
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Worker-Owners of America, Unite!

Worker-Owners of America, Unite! | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
We may be moving toward a hybrid system somewhere between capitalism and socialism, without anyone even noticing.
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Coordinating a Collaborative Commissary Kitchen | Cooperative Grocer

Coordinating a Collaborative Commissary Kitchen | Cooperative Grocer | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
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Are Co-ops the Answer?

Long before the Occupy movement sparked renewed protest of rising inequality, another global movement was quietly engaged in building a more democratic economy. From coffee growers in Kenya seeking a fair market price to worker-owned green businesses reviving the American Rust Belt, cooperatives are helping to spur a reinvention of work in a period of worldwide recession.

 

Globally, an estimated 1 billion people are members of cooperatives, and many believe that the scope of worker- and member-owned enterprises across the world represents a revolution already in the making. With combined earnings rivaling Canada’s GDP, co-ops could be the fastest-growing business model by the end of the decade. To promote awareness of their potential, the United Nations has declared 2012 the “International Year of Cooperatives.” Cooperative organizers, though they have generally worked on a separate track from protest movements, have called on Occupy and other mass movements to help build “an economy worth occupying.”

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Why We Need More Employee-Owned Businesses - Economic Intelligence (usnews.com)

Why We Need More Employee-Owned Businesses - Economic Intelligence (usnews.com) | the Heirloom Project | Scoop.it
A promising new approach to employee ownership yields high performance and good jobs.
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The Little Grocery That Could

What happens next in the economy – the nation’s, the state’s, and Seattle’s – no longer lies in the hands of Capitol Hill politicians, the Federal Reserve, or even the boards of companies like Microsoft and Starbucks.

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