Food Coop

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2017 | 5:10 PM

In the middle of an economic crisis, in the shadow of Wall Street, an institution that represents a less well-known American tradition is booming. The Park Slope Food Coop: a cooperative supermarket where all 16,000 members work 3 hours per months to earn the right to buy the best food in New York at incredibly low prices. 

The success of this cooperative is bad news for capitalism and agro-alimentary business but is an opportunity to change the food production and distribution systems. A well-rooted institution in the heart of Brooklyn, the film explores the many ways the coop functions, its hundreds of rules, and the diversity and eccentricity of its members. The film also depicts how the culture that has been created at the coop gives its members daily visceral lessons in democracy and how this could represent a potential change in mentality for Americans faced with increasingly difficult economic times.

Film Information

Year: 2016
Length: 97 minutes
Language: English
NGOs: Gain Exchange, Leftovers, Renter's action, Ten Thousand Villages, Sponsor Energy

Curriculum Connection

Social 9 and Social 30

Cast & Credits

Director: Tom Boothe

UN Goal


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture



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Selina Renfrow   |   Grain Exchange Bakery & Pizzeria

Selina Renfrow is a member of the Grain Exchange Bakery & Pizzeria, a worker-owned cooperative. The Grain Exchange is in the start-up phase of setting up their bakery in Calgary based on the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives in San Francisco. The Grain Exchange was borne out of a desire to put ownership in the hands of food industry workers, the ones whom the success of the business relies upon but is often paid low wages and lacks job security. By democratizing the workplace, the Grain Exchange uses the diversity in education, work experience, and background of each member to produce quality sourdough bread and pizzas, using locally sourced grains and produce. Selina has worked at a number of locally owned restaurants in Calgary as a server after obtaining her Bachelor of Applied Communications degree in Journalism at Mount Royal University. By becoming an owner of a worker's cooperative, Selina is taking action on issues she is passionate about poverty reduction, sustainable eating, and worker's rights.