"In 1980 five Clover Brigade members formed a worker cooperative to acquire the bakery and manage it as a separate business. Using $5,000 of their own funds, they purchased the bakery and formed the Semper Virens Bakery Food Cooperative. One of the workers gave it the name that stuck: Alvarado Street Bakery, a nod to a Los Angeles street sign that perched atop the bakery’s flour bags. The sign still hangs over the bakery’s ovens as a good luck charm and a reminder of its roots. The cat featured in Alvarado Street’s logo is also a relic of the early years: Greta was a key part of their initial pest control program, which has since evolved to meet the latest food safety protocols. Today Alvarado Street Bakery is a $25 million dollar business with over 100 worker-owners, making it the largest cooperative bakery in the U.S. "