Plain Foods Co-op Records (S4950)

  • 1980-1991 

    Historical Sketch

    The Plain Foods Co-op [Fargo, North Dakota] began in 1974 as a buying club, its members especially interested in organic foods and bulk samples. The club gradually evolved into a co-op business, “owned and operated by its customers,” for an individual had to be a member of the Co-op in order to purchase food at the store. Through the years, the Co-op published a newsletter and expanded its operations, although the membership still remained fairly small. 

    Collection Description

    The collection contains the Co-op’s constitution and by-laws, brochures and other advertising, membership information, meeting minutes, work schedules, and issues of the Co-op newsletter. All material is in good condition. 

    Inventory

    Box 1

    • Brochures and Advertising
    • Common Health Warehouse Cooperative Association Handbook. 1981
    • Constitution/By-Laws/Articles. 1988
    • Co-op
      • Management and Worker Schedule. 1987-
      • Restaurant Meeting Minutes. 1988
       
    • Core and General Membership Meetings. 1981
    • Democratic Management Seminar. 1988
    • Food Policy Survey
    • Membership manuals
    • Miscellaneous
    • Plain Talk (Newsletter). 1980, 1986-