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There are many online resources available to help you in your search for information about cooperatives, local, whole and organic foods, diet and other issues related to natural health and wellness. Here are a selection of our favorites.

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Cooperatives & Co-op Resources

Co-op America

Provides economic strategies, organizing power, and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address social and environmental problems.

Cooperative Grocers information Network (CGIN)

National organization for co-op food stores; site includes information on how to start a food coop. Links page offers a wealth of information on food manufacturers, government agencies and consumer information sites.

Cooperatives (Wikipedia)

In-depth definitions and descriptions of cooperatives of all types, with many references and links.

The Rochdale Principles (Wikipedia)

A detailed look at the set of ideals for the operation of cooperatives which were first established in England in 1844, and which have formed the basis for the principles on which co-operatives around the world operate to this day.

Green Guides, Search Engines & Net Tools

Climate Counts

This site evaluates companies that produce apparel, food, beverages, electronics and household products for their impact on global warming. It is "a collaborative effort to bring consumers and companies together in the fight against global climate change." A nonprofit organization funded by Stonyfield Farm, Inc. and launched in collaboration with Clean Air - Cool Planet.


The search engine for eco friendly and green products. Our mission is to connect and educate ALL consumers with eco-friendly products, manufacturers and local earth-conscious retailers. Search thousands of earth friendly products!

Good Guide

This well-organized site rates personal care and household products. Find safe, healthy and green products that protect you and your family; search or browse over 60,000 personal care & household chemical products, and see what’s really beneath the label; get expert advice and recommendations on products and quickly learn the impacts of what you buy; find better products, and make purchasing decisions based on what’s important to you. Also allows you to create a personalized shopping list with the products that are right for you and your family.

Green Maven

"Your gateway to the Green Web." Dedicated search engine that focuses on green and sustainable websites.

Organics, Farming & Sustainability Issues

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)

A membership-based organization of more than 750 farmers, processors, gardeners, businesses and individuals in North and South Carolina who are committed to sustainable agriculture and the development of locally-based, organic food systems.

Community Sustainability Council of Greensboro, North Carolina

"Greensboro's Community Sustainability Council was created by the City Council in January 2008 as an advisory group to Council members. The group's task is to present proposals both to City Council and City staff members for ways the city as a government and as a community can better protect our environment. ... Public outreach and communication is a vital goal for Community Sustainability Council members, who represent all districts in the City and offer a diverse socioeconomic background."

National Organic Program (US Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service)

The US Department of Agriculture’s homepage on organic certification.

Organic. It's Worth It. (Organic Trade Association - OTA)

Education about organics through The Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. 

Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

A public interest organization dedicated to building a healthy, safe, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. They are a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance. Check here for consumer alerts and how to take part in campaigns for organic food and other sustainability-related issues.

Plants for a Future

A resource and information center for edible and useful plants, provided through the Plants for a Future charity of Cornwall, England. Search for thousands of edible and medicinal plants and learn their many uses. Site focuses on researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, promoting a high diversity, holistic and permacultural approach (aka 'woodland gardening').

Food, Cooking & Nutrition

A Celiac Disease and gluten-free resource since 1995; support for people with gluten intolerance. Includes recipes, cooking tips, links to local support groups, recommended resources.

The Cook's Thesaurus

A cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions.

Fruits and Veggies Matter (Wikipedia)

A joint venture of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), the site offers a fruit and veggie calculator to find your daily fresh food needs, daily diet tips, information on fruits and vegetables, recipes and more.

Eat Well Guide

Local blogger opines about dining, restaurants, cooking and food-related stuff in and around Greensboro, NC.

The Ethicurean: Chew the Right Thing

A blog "dedicated to thinking about food. Not just thinking about how to prepare it, or how it tastes — although those things are very important to us — but to pondering where and how it was grown and by whom, the distance that it traveled to our plate, and the less obvious effects of our consuming it."


"For People Who Love to Eat" -- Full-featured site that includes recipes, menus, articles, guides and a forum for sharing recipes and asking questions. Useful Food and Wine dictionaries, and a Recipe of the Day.

Fat Free Vegan Kitchen

Regularly-updated blog that features delicious meat- and dairy-free recipes (complete with mouth-watering images and helpful nutritional breakdown) for the culinarily adventurous vegan and vegan-wanna-be.

Nutrition Data: Know What You Eat (Self)

A searchable database that "provides complete nutritional information for any food or recipe, and helps you select foods that best match your dietary needs." Site includes recipe help, a nutrition glossary, glycemic load calculator, weight loss tips, and more. Nutrition information provided primarily by the USDA.

Slow Food Piedmont

Home of the central NC Slow Food movement, which advocates seasonal food, great taste, simple living, sustainable farms, edible schoolyards and green cities.

Vegan Lunch Box

A blog by Jennifer McCann, cookbook author, that features creative recipes and ideas for packed vegan lunches. Lots of kid-friendly meal suggestions abound (especially in earlier entries), but the entire site is fun, entertaining and inspiring.

Health & Wellness

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

A strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science since 1971. Its award-winning newsletter, Nutrition Action Healthletter, is the largest-circulation health newsletter in North America, providing reliable information on nutrition and health.

Fit Together NC

Linking North Carolinians to tools for healthier weight and lifestyles. Let's all get in shape!

Health Finder: Live Well. Learn How.

Resource provided through the National Health Information Center at the US Department of Health
and Human Services with a searchable health library and sections focusing on health care issues and current health news. Also includes a specialized on-site search feature that restricts its results to reputable health information sources verified by the US government.

Medline Plus

MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other US government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

My Pyramid (US Dept. of Agriculture)

Sponsored by the USDA, the MyPyramid Plan site can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you.

WebMD: Better Information, Better Health.

A comprehensive site offering mainstream medical news and information on illnesses, diseases and symptoms, plus drugs and supplements, healthy living tips, eating and diet, pregnancy information and more.

Environmentalism & Green Living

Green Choices: Products for a Better Planet (Consumer Reports)

A free guide that offers reliable, practical advice on how to be a more environmentally-friendly consumer. Includes information that evaluates the meaning of dozens of environmental labels on food, wood, personal care products and household cleaners. Also features tools such as energy calculators, rebate information and food label meanings.

Environmental Working Group

A group dedicated since 1993 to environmental investigations. Their team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and their own laboratory tests to expose threats to health and the environment, and to find solutions.

Envirolink: The Online Environmental Community

A non-profit organization and grassroots online community dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.

The Freecycle Network of Greensboro

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,022 groups with 8,869,763 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.

Green Drinks Greensboro

What is Green Drinks Greensboro? It's a social hour. It's a networking event. It's unwinding with friends. It's a time and place where it's okay to be green and to find out what others in your city are doing to be green, work green, play green or live green. And it happens all over the country and the world in over 300 cities.

Grist: A Beacon in the Smog

Cutting-edge, plugged-in articles and information on all the environmental and green topics of the day: Climate and energy, food, living, politics and more. Energetic, colorful, opinionated and well-informed coverage.

Piedmont Biofuels: Clean Renewable Fuels

A page detailing the efforts by the local worker and member owned cooperative, whose mission is to lead the grassroots sustainability movement in North Carolina by using and encouraging the use of clean, renewable biofuels. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Developed by the NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance, this comprehensive site for the state's recycling program is designed to answer consumers' recycling questions and to share all kinds of information about recycling with the publ

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

Promoting environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

Fair Trade

Equal Exchange

Homesite for the worker-owned cooperative that provides Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate bars.

Make Trade Fair

Source for information on Fair Trade, which is a growing, international movement working to ensure that producers in poor countries get a fair deal; part of the Oxfam International confederation.

Transfair USA: Every Purchase Matters

The only independent, third party certifier of Fair Trade practices in the US, they verify that the farmers who produce Fair Trade Certified products are paid a fair price.

Miscellaneous: Goods, Services & Fun

Get Human

Sick and tired of being stranded in the corporate phone-tree wasteland, wasting precious time, when you call a major US company for assistance? Try this site for tips and contacts numbers that can help you get through to a real live person.

Global Network of Dreams

Discover new music, books and music you might enjoy (based on your personal taste) with this ingenious site/experiment in artificial intelligence. GNOD is a self-adapting system that teaches itself by "'talking' to everyone who comes along. ... This enables GNOD to share all its wisdom ... in an intuitive and efficient way.You might call it a search engine to find things you don't know about."

Junk Mail Stopper

Informational links and tips on ways to reduce junk mail, spam and telemarketer calls.

Rustle the Leaf (webcomic)

A weekly environmental web comic strip, filled with memorable wit, humor and intelligence. The well-drawn characters discuss current issues both large and small. Read and laugh first, and then enjoy the deeper message. Site includes monthly lesson plans for teaching environmental awareness, free e-cards, and more.

Toms Shoes

A shoe company with genuine heart and "sole", Toms shoes are comfy, stylish and best of all, for every pair you buy Toms sends another pair of free shoes to someone in a developing country around the world who's in need.

Vegetarian/Vegan Footwear @ Zappo'

Major online retailer featuring a large selection of fabulous, fashionable non-leather footwear for kind-soled animal lovers. Fast service, with free shipping and return shipping.

Local Businesses & Friends of the Co-op

Artisan Renovations & Remodeling

This Greensboro, NC based remodeling company specializes in quality craftsmanship and green renovations, with services that include floor installation and refinishing; drywall and painting; deck design and installation; electrical installation and repair; design and installation of home theaters; and installation of photovoltaic solar systems. They are committed to using green materials when possible, as well as providing services and installations that increase both the energy efficiency and indoor air quality of customers' homes.

College Hill Child Care Cooperative

College Hill Childcare Cooperative, known as "Co-op" to our families, is the area's only parent-operated childcare center, one of only a few centers in North Carolina which utilize parental involvement to achieve superior care. Parents have the unique opportunity to participate in their children's classroom, get to know their child's friends and teachers, and directly contribute to their child's learning. Parents are not only welcome at Co-op, they build Co-op every day with and for their children. Together, our parents and outstanding teachers and staff make Co-op a very special place indeed.

Faucette Farms

A North Carolina farm with heritage dating back to the early 1900's, this family business supplies seasonal produce, country-cured meats and sausage to a multitude of families in the community and other establishments. They offer an organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription option where you can receive a weekly bag of freshly harvested certified organic produce.

Goat Lady Dairy

Located in Climax, NC, Goat Lady Dairy is a working family farm that proudly continues over 200 years of rural American tradition. Producing fine quality chevre (goat cheese) in a large variety of tantalizing and delicious flavors and styles, Goat Lady Dairy also offers Dinner at the Dairy and occasional Sunday open houses and tours.

The Greensboro Voice

"Printing news that doesn't fit."

The Greensboro Voice serves as a vehicle for elevating voices and public discussion on issues that are not frequently covered in mainstream media outlets. These issues include homelessness, facing potential homelessness and the resources that are available to help those in need.

The newspaper is for everyone: homeless individuals, housed individuals, students, parents and anyone else who wants to have their voice heard. We hope the awareness gained from our newspaper will encourage the community to have a discussion about issues and people that are normally ignored.

Homeland Creamery

Dairy farm located in Julian, NC that is committed to providing the best quality products to their friends in the community, using the freshest milk and ice cream with no added hormones.

Interactive Resource Center

The Greensboro Interactive Resource Center assists people who are homeless, recently homeless or facing homelessness reconnect with their lives and the community at large. We offer showers, laundry facilities, computers, phone, resume writing and much more.

Lighthouse Solar

A local, affordable solar lighting design and installation firm that can take care of your project from start to finish. Solar energy is clean, safe and economical; transitioning to renewable energy, you can make an immediate and measurable positive impact on our planet, encouraging a more sustainable way of life. Currently, the state of North Carolina offers a tax credit of 35% of installation cost to all residents who install a solar electric system. Contact Lighthouse Solar for details. You can also visit their website for a free estimate.


Site features aromatherapy information, course descriptions and links. Cynthia J. Loving, LovingScents owner, is an international instructor in Clinical Aromatherapy and a Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist (NC1397). Her private practice in Greensboro, NC specializes in integrative therapies.

Ninth Street Bakery

All goods produced by this Durham, NC bakery are "made from scratch" using organic and unbleached flour, whole grains, stone-ground flours, charcoal-filtered water, unrefined sea-salt, real honey, molasses, and no preservatives or harmful additives.

Proximity Hotel

Echoing the credo of Greensboro, NC designer/hotelier/restauranteur Dennis Quaintance, "It's conservation, not deprivation," the Proximity Hotel offers guests a premium hospitality experience in spacious, gracious surroundings while adhering to stringent sustainable building practices. Proximity Hotel follows guidelines of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System,™, which emphasizes six key areas of human and environmental health: Sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Guests and visitors may also enjoy dining at the hotel's Printworks Bistro, serving creative comfort food using fresh, local ingredients in a casually elegent, country-French-inspired setting.

Spring Garden Bakery & Coffeehouse

This long-time Greensboro fixture is situated near Lindley Park, UNCG and downtown Greensboro and produces fresh baked goods that are health conscious, delicious and made with only the finest ingredients. All breads are freshly baked. Also offers fresh-brewed organic coffee daily, using Counter Culture Coffee beans from Durham, NC. Try their addictive, locally (and justifiably) famous Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins!

Sleepy Goat Farm

Licensed as a Farmstead Cheese Maker by the state of North Carolina in June of 2004, Sleepy Goat Farm produces several varieties of fresh and aged, pasteurized and raw. Located in Pelham, NC, just 6 miles south of Danville, VA, the farm is open to visitors on the second Sunday of each month from 2-5 pm, May through August.

Triad Local First

The mission of Triad Local First, a network of locally owned and independent businesses in North Carolina's Triad, is to share a commmitment to building a strong local economy and a vibrant, unique community.

  • Purpose: Bring together local, independently owned businesses.
  • Goals: To share ideas and network to promote locally owned businesses, to educate the consumers and to encourage investment in our community by keeping our dollars at home.
  • Values: To create a unique community that is vibrant and attracts entrepreneurs and skilled workers to the Triad.

TS Designs

A Burlington, NC t-shirt and textiles printing company whose vision is "to transform the world we live in, both in small and large measures alike, creating economic, ecological, and social prosperity while ensuring that future generations have the same opportunity. We envision a world where no harmful chemicals are produced, worn, or discarded." Along with conventional printing services, they offer a range of organic cotton shirts, and the option of using water-based inks and their own REHANCE printing technology to create quality clothing with a more sustainable ecological footprint.