Our Friends

Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided a start-up loan to the Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative (July 17, 2012). The cooperative is formed under the aegis of the Affordable Care Act, which provides for the creation of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, called “CO-OPs” to offer health insurance alternatives to consumers. The Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative plans to begin offering insurance by late 2013.

Local Foods

The High Plains Food Co-op offers direct marketing between Colorado producers and Front Range consumers.
Grant Farms, in Wellington, Colorado, is an organic farm operation on the Front Range that offers CSA partnerships with consumers.
Colorado Proud is a program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture that promotes food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the state.

Co-op Development

The Southwest Cooperative Development Center works to improve economic conditions for New Mexico’s rural communities by helping to create, maintain, and expand sustainable, cooperative and mutually owned businesses, particularly related to healthy food access, and local and regional food systems.

USDA/Rural Development offers a wealth of information and resources for people interested in starting a co-op, including  Creating Co-op Fever, A Rural Developer’s Guide to Forming Cooperatives.

University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives is a vast repository of resources that includes this manual on using co-ops as for community economic development.

Health Care

The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is a coalition of healthcare consumer advocates. Go to their web site for information on Colorado healthcare policy.

Broadcast Media

Brian Allmer provides coverage of ag news for Colorado: Brian Allmer Radio Network