Patricia Cumbie

Patricia Cumbie

Patricia Cumbie is a writer who has worked with co-ops for many years. She is former editor of The Mix, the bimonthly publication of Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops.

Author's Articles

Title Issue Date

"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others."—James A. Baldwin

192 Sept.-Oct 2017 November 1, 2017

Food cooperatives have a special relationship with their owners and customers, but even the best relationships need to be continually nurtured and cultivated.

179 July-August 2015 September 3, 2015

Stories are as old as humankind.  If we didn’t have stories, we wouldn’t have progress or evolution.  It’s how people communicate, organize, and instruct.  Nor could most of us imagine a childhood

176 January-February 2015 February 12, 2015

When cooperatives work together to set aside funds to benefit groups in their local communities, the impact is multiplied.

175 November-December 2014 December 24, 2014

Nearly 2,800 cooperators from 91 countries converged on Quebec City, Canada, for the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives under the theme, "The Amazing Power of Cooperatives," in October this

164 Jan-Feb 2013 February 20, 2013

In the years since 2005, when the Food Co-op 500 pilot project began to challenge the sector to have 500 food co-ops by 2015, a lot has been accomplished in an attempt to achieve this goal.

157 November - December - 2011 November 17, 2011

Every expansion is unique in some respect, but the universal truth is that building a larger facility includes taking on a bigger role in the community.

121 November - December - 2005 January 21, 2009

Two years ago food cooperators made a bold pronouncement—we will help launch at least 200 new co-op stores over the next 10 years—bringing the total number of food co-ops nationwide up to 500 stor

131 July - August - 2007 January 19, 2009

This article refers to graphs not available in this online version.  A pdf of complete article can be found below.

132 September - October - 2007 January 19, 2009

The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (SacNat) location in Elk Grove, Calif., was a long anticipated state-of-the-art second store that opened with high expectations in June of 2005, but closed in Ja

133 November - December - 2007 January 11, 2008

Prepared with the help of the Data Analyst Team*

Available only as a PDF below, due to complexity of content.


107 July - August - 2003 May 31, 2006

The success or failure of your next membership drive hinges on more than signage, brochures and the free thing you give away to every new member who joins.

064 May - June - 1996 January 9, 2004

If you knew you could increase sales up to 50 percent on a product promotion, you'd do just about anything to obtain the magic formula.

091 November - December - 2000 January 8, 2004

Membership is at the heart of cooperation. Cooperative membership is the driving force for an alternative economic system predicated upon user ownership and benefit.

103 November - December - 2002 January 7, 2004
Average Co-op and Natural Food Merchandiser 2001 Sales Trends


101 July - August - 2002 January 7, 2004

104 January - February - 2003 January 7, 2004

107 July - August - 2003 January 7, 2004