Maine food co-op leaders and members met Saturday for a series of workshops designed to improve food co-op stores throughout the state.
The event was organized by “Cooperative Maine” and focused on several components of a working food co-op, ranging from a store’s organic certification to financial management.
Attendees were able to sit in on lectures as well as work in groups for a more hands on learning experience.
This is the first time the five Maine food co-ops have come together.
“We can all benefit from the shared knowledge of other co-ops that are able to do amazing things and be able to completely change the community that they are in, they’re able to revolutionize the economic structure,” said Doug Johnson with the Belfast Co-op.
The co-ops hope to make meetings like this a regular occurrence as the year goes on.