What is a Coop?
A co-op is more than a grocery store. It is the chance to be a member-owner with voting power to ensure that the core values are upheld. It is an opportunity to be a part of your community and promote sustainability, social justice, responsible consumerism, and healthy living.
Consumer cooperatives have been around for centuries. First started in England in 1844. Today, food co-ops are seeing a renewal as many consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of knowing where food comes from, buying locally, and being a member of the community—both local and global.
When someone becomes a member-owner, they buy into the co-op, are given democratic voting rights, and encouraged to take part in the store by volunteering time.
7 Internationally Recognized Cooperative Principles:
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training, and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
If there are any further questions regarding what a co-op does, we’d be happy to talk to you!