technology

Consumers: take back the grid with co-ops

Consumers: take back the grid with co-ops

By Donald M. Kreis

This piece was originally published in The New Hampshire Business Review.

Electric consumers need a New Deal.

Yes, I’m talking about that New Deal – the one from the 1930s. When Congress adopted the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, the nation’s investor-owned utilities had simply refused to serve 70 percent of the continental U.S., consigning millions of Americans to a life of darkness and poverty because they were not in cities or suburbs. 

Today, unlike the 1930s, the problem is an industry that is unable to help consumers take full advantage of sweeping technological change and the vast opportunities for empowerment and savings this represents....

Using technology to feed our community

Using technology to feed our community

By Stacey Budd, Friends & Farmers Cooperative Outreach Coordinator
This piece was orignially published in the Centre Daily Times

Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing conversation around our modern food system and the implementation of sustainable alternatives. How do the products on your dinner plate get there? What processing and packaging take place?

As one of more than 100 startup food cooperatives across the country, Friends & Farmers took its vision of a brick-and-mortar store showcasing our small family farms and created an online market as a stepping-stone, while simultaneously raising startup capital through new-member equity investments. As a clicks-to-bricks model, Friends & Farmers online market is another way to help our community access fresh local goods while putting money back into the community economy.