Vancouver’s People’s Co-op Bookstore was created in 1945, just before the end of WWII. It has always served the community with books that are socially significant. I spoke with Board Chair Laurel McBride about how the co-op got started, its evolution and where it goes from here. (Note: Since this interview, the bookstore has announced a return regular hours beginning June 30.)
Are you a co-operator or community member with special skills to bring to the bookstore? Our friends at Woodshop Workers Co-op just pitched in with new shelving and bookcases. In the spirit of co-ops helping co-ops maybe you can help too! Or assist the People’s Co-op Bookstore raise $75,000 for another 75 years? If so, help keep this community hub alive by donating here.
In the second part of this program we went to the farm, to talk with Heather Pritchard, co-op developer of Foodlands Co-operative of BC about how agricultural co-ops are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While farmers, who are considered essential workers, have been thoughtfully adhering to all the new safety measures, there’s been a huge demand for local foods and seeds as folks are taking up gardening like never before!
This episode originally aired on June 23, 2020