University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tours

TOURS ARE SOLD OUT

 

Our Host Committee has put together some phenomenal tours guaranteed to inspire, educate and delight attendees! We are pleased to offer three bus tours, one bike tour and some self-guided walking tours.

Tours will leave the DoubleTree at 1 pm and return around 5:00 p.m. so that everyone can attend the Howard Bower’s Fund Welcome Reception at 6 p.m

Please note: Co-op Tours are not included in registration. Tickets can be purchased as an a la carte selection during registration. More information on this change here. Tickets are limited to bus/bike capacity and will likely sell out. We will send out sign ups for those who purchased tickets in late April.

 

Bus Tours

TOUR 1: Cooperative Communities: Neighbors for the Greater Good
Hosted by Alberta Cooperative Grocery

Come learn about the diverse and strong communities of NE Portland as we take you on a tour of two distinct cooperative models from very different industries and a community center that is home to several organizations including the Portland Fruit Tree Project, The NE Portland Tool Library, and Kitchen Commons community kitchen. We’ll talk about the people behind the movements and the strength that can be found when neighbors come together to create change for  the greater good.

Stops: 

  • Stumptown Printers is a commercial printing house that operates under a worker cooperative model. They use both letterpress and traditional offset lithography for a full range of print production with a hands-on-touch. Stumptown Printers makes an effort to source many of their materials as close to home as possible in order to support the local economy. Alberta Co-op works closely with Stumptown Printers to produce membership materials.
  • Alberta Co-op uses a Consumer Coop Model. One of the few collectively managed grocery cooperatives in the country, the Alberta Co-op serves as a community resource and gathering place, while providing fresh, high-quality, affordable food to the diverse members of North and Northeast Portland. We emphasize products from local, organic, and socially responsible sources, and work to build connections between our customers and their farmers.
  • The Leaven Community Center works to organize people to make meaning of our collective stores and act together with our neighbors for more equitable, diverse, and thriving neighborhoods. Leaven is home to many of the Alberta Co-ops community partners, houses a handful of cooperatives, a community tool lending library, and a community kitchen, among many other great organizations.

TOUR 2: From Seed to Plate in Southeast Portland
Hosted by People’s Food Co-op

As you’ve maybe heard, Portland has a vibrant food scene: lots of urban farms, tons of delicious restaurants, some great cooperative grocers, and folks connecting producers with their buyers. On this tour, we’ll have a chance to get to know a few of Portland’s most inspiring and innovative organizations that are working to strengthen our regional food system and make sure that everyone has access to its benefits. Hop on the bus to visit: an operating urban farm with a robust educational program; a food hub and distribution center focused on making sure that the region’s mid-sized farms can get their products to market; a mercado full of delicious food and rad shops that supports beginning small business owners and celebrates latino culture; and Portland’s oldest food co-op!

Stops:

  • The Redd on Salmon Street is a new Ecotrust development located in the heart of Portland’s historic Central Eastside designed to support local food enterprises, connect chefs, foodservice directors and entrepreneurs to independent farmers, ranchers and fishers in the region, and help scale a robust, regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest.
  • People’s Food Co-op – From cob walls to living rooftops, a weekly farmers market to relationships with over 50 farmers and producers, People’s Food Cooperative has been dedicated to nourishing the Portland community since 1970.
  • The Portland Mercado is an incubator model and economic development initiative of Portland non-profit Hacienda CDC, provides affordable retail space for businesses to launch and grow, and is a hub for Latino culture in Portland. The development of this project is inspired by entrepreneurship, Latino cultural history and heritage, traditional and local foods, social enterprise, vibrant cultures, and public markets throughout the world.
  • Zenger Farm is a working urban farm that models, promotes, and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.

TOUR 3: Food Connections: Local to Global and in BetweenFood Front Cooperative Grocery
Hosted by Food Front Cooperative Grocery

Come visit a range or organizations and businesses in the NW quadrant of Portland that have shaped the food landscape in Portland, the Pacific Northwest region, and globally. First we will visit EcoTrust, a non-profit that works to build a strong regional economy based on sustainable practices.  Then we visit Equal Exchange (you know who they are!) at their Portland warehouse to hear about all the great things they are doing, the challenges they face, and plans for the future. Next up is our fair co-op, Food Front, which has been serving the Portland community at the NW location since 1972 (our Hillsdale location in SW Portland opened in 2008). Finally, a visit to Portland’s main competition – New Seasons Market.

Stops: 

  • Ecotrust is a local nonprofit who mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental wellbeing. Their goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.
  • Food Front Cooperative Grocery Started in 1972, Food Front has moved locations within the neighborhood a few times and has seen and survived through many changes in the neighborhood and competitive landscape. We have had declining sales at this location since mid-2015 when New Seasons opened their nearby Slabtown location 6 blocks away and are still in a difficult period of trying to rebuild sales, cash flow, and profitability while also rebuilding internal systems and culture.  Come see our store and hear about the challenges and the great things we are doing while enjoying a snack and beverage from local vendors.
  • New Seasons Market  – New Seasons started in 2000 by a few local folks with extensive ties to the food and grocery scene in Portland, including Nature’s Northwest, a local health food chain that started in the 1970’s but was sold to Wild Oats in 1999. They focus on natural and organic products, and also offer commercial products. Food service is a big part of their operations. They currently have 18 stores in the Portland area, 1 in the Seattle area, and 1 in California (as well ownership of New Leaf Market, a chain in the San Jose and Santa Cruz areas). They have recently fired their CEO and scaled back plans for additional locations. New Seasons has been majority owned by Endeavour Capital since 2009, a fact that most people in Portland seem unaware of. The location we will visit opened in 2015 and had (and still has) a major negative impact on sales at Food Front.
  • Equal Exchange – You know them, you love them. Pioneers of the fair trade movement, Equal Exchanges’ mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.

Bike Tour

TOUR 4: BIKE PDX: Co-ops, Bikes, and Bridges
Hosted by Capital Impact Partners

This tour will take you on a 12-mile loop through all four quadrants of Portland and across the Willamette River on two bike-friendly bridges. City bikes drawing After a short shuttle to Everybody’s Bike Rental, the group will head over to see one of CCMA’s host co-ops – Alberta Cooperative Grocery! Opening in 2001, Alberta Co-op serves the North East Portland neighborhood known as The Alberta Arts District. Next the group will pedal down to Citybikes Workers Cooperative Repair Shop to hear how about their mission to promote a  life-style utilizing bicycles for transportation and recreation.  Continuing South, The Redd on Salmon will host the group to see their site designed to support local food enterprises and producers. The group will then pedal across the Tilikum Crossing, the first bridge of its kind in the U.S., the bridge is dedicated to light rail, buses, bicycles and pedestrians with no automobile traffic. Connecting with the South Waterfront loop along the Willamette river, the group will cross over again on the Steel Bridge. The group will grab a quick pint at a local brewery that gives profits back to local and international organizations.

Stops:

  • Alberta Food Co-op – Community owned, worker run food co-op in northeast Portland Operating since 2001, they offer bountiful produce department, a well curated bulk foods department, dairy, grab & go foods, beer & wine, wellness products, household items, and basic groceries with an emphasis on local and sustainable.
  • Citybikes Workers Cooperative Repair Shop – Worker co-op since 1990, promotes a life-style utilizing bicycles for transportation and recreation. Citybikes believes a work force consisting of people from varied backgrounds provides us with the strongest foundation for the informed decision-making. Citybikes hires people on the basis of the shop’s need, with gender balance and diversity as goals. Citybikes is a resource for information of all kinds regarding cycling, bicycles and cooperative business structure.
  • The Redd – The Redd on Salmon Street is a new Ecotrust development located in the heart of Portland’s historic Central Eastside designed to support local food enterprises, connect chefs, foodservice directors and entrepreneurs to independent farmers, ranchers and fishers in the region, and help scale a robust, regional food economy across the Pacific Northwest.
  • Ex-Novo Brewing Company – grab a quick pint or soda at this brewery where their mission is to donate 100% of our profits to those building a better world and bringing hope to places where it is scarce.

*All riders must be over 18 (over 21 to drink beer) and will sign a liability waiver before the ride to participate. The ride will take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. The tour includes bike rental, helmet, lights and locks. Limit 25 guests.