Dumpster divers may share ideals and good dumpster locations, but they maintain minimal contact, loose structural organization and, as a result, secrecy.
The cooperative business model, long a staple of Midwestern agricultural communities, is being adapted to serve a broader range of rural needs.
What does the split mean for those looking for an ethical cup of coffee?
Traditional business models disconnect consumers from profits. Co-ops give communities an opportunity to participate in their own businesses.