Josephine Chu on Everything Co-op!

Zenful BitesTune in to WOL 1450 AM tomorrow at 10:30 am, for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Josephine Chu, Co-founder of Zenful Bites. Vernon and Josephine will discuss how she and her partner balance the ambitious mission of their business, with staffing and resource realities. She will also discuss how they plan to expand their business, and the challenges they foresee.

In May of 2012, Josephine Chu and Yolanda Hawthorne founded Zenful Bites in order to foster a sustainable and healthy food system through eco-catering and food education. The company was founded on the principle that everyone should have access to fresh food, the means to buy it, and the knowledge to prepare it. To that end, Zenful Bites partners with local nonprofits to run food education programs for children in under-served areas of Washington, D.C., and goes a step further to source its food from local farms that use sustainable, organic farming practices.

Co-founder Josephine Chu has taught K-12 students, and community members on a host of sustainability issues. The education programs teach children where their food comes from, and engages them in healthy cooking, with hopes of building a foundation for more healthy eating throughout their lives. While co-founder, Yolanda Hawthorne combines a lifelong passion for food, design, and the healing arts into her position as Eco-Chef of Zenful Bites, specializing in plant-based, local, sustainable cuisine. Yolanda graduated from The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, and studied at Gulliver’s Living and Learning Center, and the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute.

With a full-time staff of two, Zenful Bites is a small business with a big mission. Despite the challenge of size, Zenful Bites remains focused, and is growing steadily, with community partners such as the DC Central Kitchen, ECO City Farm, Think Local, and many more local companies.

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Mid Atlantic Food Co-op Alliance is coming to Frederick, MD

The next MAFCA gathering is meeting on Saturday, August 6, in Frederick, Maryland, where our host will be the Common Market.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME: anyone who is or who wants to be associated with a food co-op is invited to join us! Gather with great folks, and learn a lot!

As usual, we will start off with a tour of the Common Market at 11 AM, followed by lunch (at noon) and then our meeting (from 1-4 PM). 

Common Market is located at 5728 Buckeystown Pike #1B, Frederick MD 22704, in the Evergreen Square Shopping Center

The meeting (and lunch) will be held at the C. Burr Arts Library, in the Community Room on the 1st floor, to right of main entrance. The Library is at 110 E. Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701, about a mile from the co-op. More info:

Looking to Live in a Housing Cooperative?

Two opportunities: 

The housing co-op of 1417 N Street NW is currently offering affordable studio living spaces with a variety of features. By owning a share in this co-op, you can have affordable long-term housing while managing your building.

Centrally located in Logan Circle, amenities include HVAC, remodeled bathrooms, a laundry room, bike storage, and more. Units available include the small studio (225 square feet) and the studio (330 square feet); respectively valued at approximately $950/month and $1,144/month. Costs cover maintenance, insurance, water, and payments to the co-op blanket mortgages. Resident pays electric & gas.

To qualify for the apartment, you must undergo credit and background checks, demonstrate an interest in co-op participation, and have income between the minimum and maximum values. For more information, contact Hernan Sotomarino at 202.630.1417 Se habla español.

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The Pleasant Park Cooperative is Looking for New Members!

The Pleasant Park Cooperative is a 60 unit Affordable Housing Community located near 63rd St NE and Eastern Ave NE . There are currently 2-bedroom newly renovated town-homes available starting July 1st. The homes feature: open kitchens with breakfast bar, in unit laundry machine, rear and front porches, in unit heating and cooling systems. Resident ONLY pays electric. 

This Cooperative is right across from the Capitol Heights Metro. Its location also offers close proximity to the Marvin Gaye park, and easy access to Downtown DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Applications can be picked up at the management office, EJF Real Estate 1428 U Street NW, 2nd Floor. There is a $40 fee for each application. The application requires a background and credit check.

For more information on membership and income qualification, click here.

Mondragon Co-ops at Folklife Festival

Basque Cooperatives
WHEN Sunday, July 3, 2016, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
STAGE Euskaldunak Dialogues
CATEGORY Narrative Session

The Cooperative Movement, with principled worker-owned and run businesses, found a home in Arrasate-Mondragon (Gipuzkoa). Many cooperatives set global standards in wage and production and are a vital part of the Basque spirit of innovation, facing challenges of a changing world and environment. Come learn more at this narrative session about Basque cooperatives.


This is going to be great!

This week Vernon interviews Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo and Professor Amanda Huron. Tune into WOL 1450 AM tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. for Everything Co-op. Vernon and his guests will discuss the evolution of housing cooperatives in Washington, D.C., the prospect of forming a federation of limited equity housing cooperatives, and the influence of cooperatives in improving the quality of life for its participants.

Ms. Nzinga Ifateyo has been a co-editor of Grassroots Economic Organizing, (GEO) for more than 10 years. GEO, a 30-year-old publication, reports on cooperative developments around the world, and provides advocacy for alternative economic solutions. Her work with GEO has inspired her to research and think about ways to empower individuals to make personal changes to better organize and participate in cooperative/group entrepreneurial enterprises.

Ajowa has nine years of experience on cooperative boards, including: Ujamaa Collective, the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and the Eastern Conference on Workplace Development. In 2000, she and four other D.C. residents co-founded an affordable housing co-op for community organizers, the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community Cooperative, in Washington, DC, where she served as treasurer and secretary-treasurer for about six years. Presently, Ajowa is researching how to effectively incorporate spirituality in the work of organizing co-ops.

Amanda Huron is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in the Department of Political Science, History, and Global Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. She has conducted extensive research on cooperatives, and written several articles on the subject, including Creating a Commons in the Capital: The Emergence of Limited-Equity Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. (Washington History, Fall 2014).

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What is Cooperation DC?

This Sunday May 15th at 2pm join us at Shaw Library (1630 7th Street NW) to learn how you can get involved with Cooperation DC!

Cooperation DC’s mission is to expand dignified employment opportunities in low-income communities of color through the development of worker cooperatives, businesses owned and managed democratically by their workers.

Our vision is a city and world where all workers – especially those of us who have been most marginalized by our current economy – reap the benefits of our labor, have a meaningful voice in the workplace, and apply those democratic practices to other areas of our civic lives.

Come find out what’s happening this year with Cooperation DC and how you can get involved! At the meeting you’ll have the opportunity to join one of the following Cooperation DC working groups:

CHILDCARE: support the development of an emerging childcare cooperative in NW.
FOOD: Get involved with the planning of the First Annual East of the River Food Justice Conference. Support emerging food coops in ward 7 and 8.
POPULAR EDUCATION: Help plan and continue our popular wisdom circle series and other community learning sessions.
ORG DEVELOPMENT: Do you have website, graphic design or social media skills? This is the working group for you!

We’ll also discuss the process of creating a new working group. Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Cooperation DC Meeting
Sunday May 15, 2016
Shaw Library (Community Room, Lower Level)
1630 7th Street NW

Green line to Shaw/Howard Metro
Street parking available

If you have any questions please email or contact (202) 957- 4987.

in unity,
Cooperation DC