Project Equity


Check out this story from NPR Marketplace Business News on Project Equity – a program to transition Baby Boomer businesses to cooperative ownership!

Read the Story: Baby boomer entrepreneurs hope co-op model will keep business going

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Co-operative News: Budget Cuts for Co-ops and Credit Union

coop_news_logo_100-1-1“US President Donald Trump has unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget blueprint featuring a $54bn boost in defence spending while proposing huge cuts in domestic programmes – including several that are important to developing and supporting co-operatives in the US and abroad.”  Read the article.

“This budget would cut deep into domestic and international communities where co-operatives are a lifeline. Now is not the time to decrease support for this effective strategy.” – Judy Ziewacz, president & CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association



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Pitch: BackCountry Co-op

Check out the first pitch for the BackCountry Co-op – A Human Powered Outdoor Community for Syracuse – at 1 Million Cups at Syracuse CoWorks.

Watch the video


If you’d like to get involved with helping bring this to life, like Back Country Co-op’s Facebook page, and get in touch so we can invite you to organizing meetings. Also, let us know what products and services related to outdoor and human powered activities you would like access to at an urban cooperative retail space in Syracuse.

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News from Canary Housing Cooperative

Housing Designed for People with Chemical and Electrical Sensitivity

2017 New York, NY

Recently Canary Housing Cooperative, Inc. purchased its first house, located in the Central New York area near Syracuse. The housing project will be created and managed by chemically and electrically sensitive people.

The New York state Independent Living Council (NYSILC) supports the Canary Housing Cooperative and the documentary film, “The Sensitives.”


Canary Housing Cooperative’s First Site (credit

Canary Housing Cooperative, Inc. is a scattered site, limited equity cooperative that has been organized by a small group of hypersensitive people as a non-profit 501c3 organization. The Canary Housing Cooperative hopes to expand accessible housing opportunities for people whose disabilities include chemical and electrical sensitivities. This cooperative model is currently being used by Urban Habitat in New York City, however it is new to the upstate NY disability community.

A third of the people disabled with chemical and electrical sensitivity have either no housing or have inadequate housing. People can search for years for housing they can tolerate, and even then find they may suddenly have to pack up and leave. Without safe housing, symptoms are degenerative this can lead to further health complications, as well as a loss of quality of life.
The goal of Canary Housing Cooperative is to develop several “limited equity”, “scattered housing sites” under its umbrella organization. Chemically and electrically sensitive people need to own and manage their own housing. “We know how to solve the technical problems in order to improve the medical prognosis, but there is currently no funding for this type of accessible housing”.

This is the first housing cooperative to be established with high requirements for interior and exterior air quality. Exterior air quality is determined by chemicals in a neighborhood, and Interior air quality is determined by product selection, which reflects building materials and systems that are as free as possible of neurotoxins. Pesticides, gas heat, wood smoke, chemicals and fragrances of all kinds, as well as high electro-magnetic fields and WiFi environments need to be avoided.

A documentary film directed by Drew Xanthopoulos on this condition, is entitled “The Sensitives”, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. “It captures the chemically and electrical sensitive person’s struggle to live” … in cinematic verite style. “Coping mechanisms might vary, but they all face the unusual and heartbreaking choice of either living in dangerous and uncertain conditions (with their loved ones) or in social, physical and technological isolation.”

See link to the movie “The Sensitives”

Pauline Barfield, President
Barfield Public Relations, Inc.
638 Macon Street, 3rd Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11233
212-736-0404 / 917-620-1311
Fax: 718-452-1806

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Join 1 Million Cups Syracuse

March 28, 2017

Join 1 Million Cups Syracuse for a Pitch from a start-up co-op.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

9:00 AM

Syracuse Coworks

201 East Jefferson Street, Syracuse, NY (map)

2nd Floor

We’ve developed a two-page prospectus, pro forma financial documents for the start-up phase, and a slide deck. We’ll get around to posting those here too once we put the finishing touches on them. And anyway, Syracuse CoWorks is a really cool place, with lots of interesting activities and people to meet too. Wednesdays are free CoWorking days, so you can stay after our pitch to work in the space all day if you would like. There is free coffee (all-you-can-drink) and snacks. Come at 8:30 am for coffee socializing before the pitch gets started.…/238646483/

Please join us as we pitch the Backcountry Co-op concept to the assembled group. Now is the time to become involved and make this a reality.
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Updating our About, Mission, and Vision Statements

March 10, 2017

We’ve updated our ABOUT, MISSION, and VISION statements as we propel forward –


The New York Cooperative Network is a cross-sector alliance of Cooperatives and Associates growing the cooperative economy, movement, and community in New York State. We serve existing and in-development cooperatives of all types to network for mutual benefit, and coordinate programming and services of value to the cooperative industry.


Our mission is to improve the lives of people in the state by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy.


We envision a vibrant and growing network of cooperative enterprises that operate in all sectors of the economy to build a better world—providing essential services, strengthening democratic organizations, creating quality jobs, building community wealth, reducing poverty, strengthening our local economy, protecting the environment and increasing community engagement.

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017

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Strategies for Financing the Inclusive Economy

March 8, 2017
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Sustainability, Agriculture, Landscape, Transition ListServ Launches!!

January 16, 2017

Sustainability, Agriculture, Landscape, Transition ListServ Launches!! – SALT-CNY

SYRACUSE, NY, JANUARY 16, 2017 – The Alchemical Nursery Project, Inc. and Partnering…
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First Census of Worker Co-ops in U.S planned for early 2017

January 5, 2017
Exciting work from the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Democracy At Work Institute: “The Federation has spent years telling stories about how democratic worker ownership impacts people’s lives. This project marks the Institute’s first effort to retell that story with high-quality empirical data representing the entire spectrum of workplace experiences and attitudes nationwide.”
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