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What is a Co-OP?

You’re A member & an owner

In a food co-op, everyone can join and become a member. When you become a member, you’re not just a shopper; you’re a part-owner of the co-op. You have a voice in its policies, how it’s ran, and you work together to create a thriving community-centered grocery store.

Because co-ops are owned by their members, they prioritize providing good, wholesome food at fair prices. They often focus on sourcing locally and sustainably, caring about where the food comes from and how it’s produced.

Co-ops have a special focus on keeping the money circulating within their community. Instead of profits going to distant corporate shareholders, they’re reinvested locally. This means the community benefits directly, enabling more resources for everyone involved.

It’s a place where community matters. Plus, being a member often comes with perks like discounts and special offers, making your shopping experience even better.

Cooperative principles

Co-op principles are essential guidelines shaping fair and responsible operations for the benefit of members and communities. The cooperative principles are set and upheld by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), a global association of cooperative organizations.

Here Are The 8 Principles That We Operate On:



Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are open to all individuals who are willing to use their services and accept the responsibilities of membership without any discriminatory barriers.


Democratic Control
Co-ops are ruled by their members. Members actively participate in decision-making processes and have equal voting rights.


Member Economic Participation
Members contribute financially to the co-op and share in its economic outcomes. Most of the equity remains in the co-op.


Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are self-governing and make decisions independently, guided by their members and not controlled by external entities.


Education and Training

Co-operatives provide education and training to their members, enabling them to actively participate and make informed choices within the co-op.


Cooperation among cooperatives

Co-operatives work together, forming networks and collaborations to strengthen their collective impact and support the wider cooperative movement.


Concern for community

Co-operatives aim to serve the best interests of their communities, considering the well-being of individuals and the broader society.


Sustainability and Ethics

Co-operatives emphasize sustainability, both environmentally and economically, while upholding ethical business practices and social responsibility.

STRUCTURE & How you can participate:

Anyone can become a member by purchasing a share or a membership fee. This makes you a part-owner and gives you a say in how the co-op operates

Board of Directors:
Members elect a group of fellow members to form the board. They make big decisions, set goals, and represent the wishes of the members. 

General Meetings:
Anyone is invited to regular meetings, where important decisions are discussed and voted upon. It’s a chance for the community to have a voice in the room.

Management and Staff:
There’s a team that manages the day-to-day operations, making sure the co-op runs smoothly and serves the members effectively.

Committees and Volunteers:
Members often form committees or volunteer to help with specific tasks, like events or outreach. It’s a team effort to make the co-op a success!

How Our Elections Work: Any member in good standing can run for the board! It’s an amazing opportunity to make a real difference in our local food community. The election schedule is announced early in the new year. If you’re interested in running for the board, you’ll have the chance to fill out the necessary forms to declare your candidacy, by the last week of February. Members will get to know the board candidates, and the exciting voting period opens from April to May!