Food co-op / buying club enthusiast wanted

June 2014

Do you know your way around the food co-op and buying club scene? Would you be interested in helping moderate perhaps the longest-lived online cooperative directory around? If so, drop us a note telling us a little bit about yourself and any food co-ops or buying clubs you participate in. No special skills needed, just the ability to edit an online spreadsheet.

Some background: From 1999 through 2011, the Cooperating Directory Service, a Minnesota non-profit initially funded from the estate of Kris Olsen, operated a directory of natural food co-ops at coopdirectory.org. When the CDS non-profit closed in 2011, Stuart Reid of the Food Co-op Initiative was asked to take it on. He, in turn, checked in with the nascent Data Commons (of which the Food Co-op Initiative is a founding member) to see what it could do to help. A Data Commons volunteer did some basic triage on the site, cleaning it up, structuring the listings, and saving submissions and corrections made via the site from falling into a black hole. At the end of triaging, the website was living and breathing again. It turns out to be a popular website, well-ranked in search engines, with a healthy number of updates coming in every month. It just isn’t in anyone’s business plan or monetization strategy! We’d like to keep it that way. Can you help?

http://coopdirectory.org

Along with moderators, we’d be super-excited if any web design guru wants to freshen the look of the site a little bit, but for now we’re keeping its old-timey look, right down to the milometer-style visitor counter!

This is an all-volunteer effort right now, with the Data Commons Co-op guaranteeing continued hosting and attention. Financial assistance would be very welcome!