CGIN provides a listserve to facilitate communication among food co-ops and those involved with food co-ops. CGIN’s listserve is open to anyone who would like to subscribe. All new subscribers who follow the instructions listed below to subscribe will receive a message listing the commands (e.g. how to unsubscribe, how to change the delivery mode) for using the listserve, as well as CGIN’s overall rules for the listserve. We request that all listserve participants keep their comments focused on topics related to cooperatives and the operations of food co-ops and will not allow our listserve to be used for commercial purposes.

To subscribe to the list

  • Address an e-mail message to listserv@cgin.org
  • In the body of the message type: subscribe CGIN-list (your name).
  • For example: subscribe CGIN-list Karen Zimbelman

  • Do not include a signature or any additional text in your message.

To send a message to the list

  • Address an e-mail message to CGIN-list@cgin.org
  • Be sure to use this address ONLY when you want to send mail to EVERYONE ON THE LIST. Do not use this address to issue commands.
  • It’s very helpful to all list subscribers if you make sure to include your name and e-mail address at the end of your message.

To leave the list

  • Address an e-mail message to listserv@cgin.org
  • In the body of the message type: unsubscribe CGIN-list (your name)
  • For example: unsubscribe CGIN-list Karen Zimbelman

  • Do not include a signature or any additional text in your message.
  • If your e-mail address has changed since you joined, send a message to Karen Zimbelman for assistance.

Archives: The CGIN Listserve Archives is maintained by the University of Colorado’s Center for a Sustainable Future. We appreciate their support!
To search the listserve archives: (The following information was provided by Michael Viliardos of First Alternative Co-op.) You can review past postings on the listserve by date and by “thread” (topic). The thread index groups postings by the subject line. This is works fine if you can find the subject you want, but it can be difficult to find the subject or or to follow the entire thread if subscribers change the subject line when they reply. There are two ways to do a more thorough search of the archives.

1. When you are on a particular page of the archives, you can use CONTROL F (find) — same as edit/find — to search for keywords or terms. This will help you find all references to a particular topic on the page you’re viewing.

2. Alternatively, you can use a search engine (I like Google www.google.com). Enter the following in the search field:
+site:csf.colorado.edu +[keyword or term you want to search].
This will generate a list of sites just on the CGIN archive that have the search term in the posting. You can use multiple search terms but be sure to include the + sign in front the term. For example: +owners +fees. One problem with this method is that it searches the entire Colorado site (which provides archives for other listserves as well), so you can get stuff from the other archived mailing lists. You can also use the minus sign (-) to exclude terms.

Who to contact for more help
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