Friday, July 10th Gordon’s Concert Series presents Keep It Co-Op Country featuring the Far West Band.
Los Alamos has more cooperatives per capita than Santa Fe and they are coming together to celebrate the 6th cooperative principle: cooperation among cooperatives.
The first cooperative in Los Alamos was founded in 1951 by the American Association of University Women, an organization that has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881.
Little Forest Playschool has been educating nerds since 1951, and today remains the only cooperative run pre-school in the state. Just three years later, the Los Alamos Scientific Lab Employees started the first financial cooperative, Del Norte Credit Union.
One year later the Zia Group, independent contractors for the Labs, formed Zia Credit Union and a handful of teachers pooled their resources to form the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union.
Today, these three cooperative financial institutions serve over 57,000 members in Northern New Mexico with over $650 million in assets.
Fast forward to 2010, the community of LA raised $1 million in funds to open the Los Alamos Co-Op Market. Today the market is the only one in town that supports local farmers, provides education on nutrition, health and cooperative values, and is locally owned and operated, meaning all profits are returned to the community.
And finally, in March of this year we were delighted to add the Bathtub Row Brewery Co-Op to the Keep It Co-Op! family.
With over 500 members they were able to achieve their vision of providing a family/pet friendly gathering place while brewing some amazing beer. If you attended the grand opening you know that mission was accomplished.
Come to Ashley Pond this Friday evening to support your locally-owned cooperatives. Keep It Co-Op! will provide activities for the kids, and information on how you can join a cooperative.
The music begins at 7 p.m.; bring a lawn chair and celebrate cooperation among cooperatives.
Keep It Co-Op! was founded in 2013 to practice the sixth cooperative principle: cooperation among cooperatives. They meet quarterly to find ways to support each other with events, fund-raising and community involvement. For more information on Keep It Co-Op! please contact Sandra West, Outreach Coordinator for Los Alamos Co-Op market, at firstname.lastname@example.org.