Mass. Bay Co-op Faire to Celebrate International Day for Cooperatives

Saturday, July 2, 10:00–2:00
Harvest Co-op Market, Essex Street parking lot, Cambridge

Local cooperative businesses will showcase their business model on Saturday, July 2, for the first time joining an international celebration of co-ops around the world.

The Mass. Bay Co-op Faire, set for Saturday, July 2, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., is sponsored by Harvest Co-op Markets and held in conjunction with the International Day for Cooperatives, co-sponsored annually by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in Geneva and the United Nations. The event will be held in the parking lot adjacent to Harvest Co-op Market in Cambridge, on Essex Street. This is the first year that a celebration of the International Day for Co-operatives is being held in the Boston area.

History shows that the periods of greatest growth for co-ops come when the economy is emerging from recession. As people get back on their feet, they work to organize different ways of building economic organizations that will not replicate previous mistakes. Among the cooperative businesses sponsoring the Faire are the Boston-Area Solidarity Economy Network, the Cooperative Fund of New England, BRANCHES housing co-ops, Equal Exchange, Beacon Hill Friends House, Boston Building Resources, and at least a dozen others.

In addition to learning about co-ops of all types (consumer, worker, agricultural, housing, etc.), participants can enjoy conversations with others interested in cooperative economics, sample food, and attend a screening of the film At Home in Utopia about housing co-ops in New York in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

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