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Farmers in nepal have set up co-operative tea mills in response to the low prices offered by big tea factories and to gain access to the market.

Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) is offering three free online courses in honor of Cooperative month.  Offerings include Creating a Cooperative Food Economy and Worker Co-ops 101Visit their website to register for these or other courses from TESA, and be sure to spread the word to your friends a

October is Cooperative Month, and this year’s theme is “The Co-op Connection,” an apt reference to the virtually unlimited number of ways in which co-ops connect their members to marketplaces and services they might otherwise be unable to access.

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The Freelancers Insurance Co. will withdraw from the market and serve its insured members through Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2015, the Freelancers Union announced on Tuesday. The 250,000-member organization at the same time is expanding its health-center model, aiming to take it nationwide over the next five years.

NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Frank as executive director of the newly incorporated Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA).

Backyard gardeners and urban homesteaders are coming together to share excess produce in increasingly popular local meet-ups known as crop swaps, where neighbors exchange, say, beets and greens for apples and squash.

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