Tuesday, 23 August 2011 13:51
On Friday, September 2, the Co-op will celebrate our 40th Birthday on the Ithaca Commons at the Bernie Milton Pavilion. The celebration will begin at 5:00pm with music from the Black Walnut Band.
Then at 6:00pm there will be cake for all, free giveaways as well as prizes from the stage while the band Z-gress (and the crowd) sing Happy Birthday to GreenStar. The celebration will continue with special guests and a group photo. Then at 6:30 pm, the band Hubcap will take the party home.
It's Gallery night on Friday, so take in the art, and stop by the stage to celebrate along with the 8000 local owners of GreenStar, Ithaca's Natural Resource for 40 years.
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:10
By Ethan Winn,
Membership Committee Chair
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
— Statement on the Cooperative Identity, International Cooperative Alliance (ICA)
Imagine this: you're saying goodbye to a friend as you head off to get some groceries at GreenStar, and your friend asks: "I know you're really into that GreenStar place, but what makes it so special?"
How do you respond?
You could tell your friend about the range of products that can be found at GreenStar, the bulk section and the local produce and the selection of crafts. But that would leave out programs like the FLOWER low-income discount and the work being done by GreenStar Community Projects, as well as the classes on healthy living and one-minute activist campaigns. And what about that whole co-op piece?
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By Joe Romano,
"Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in."
— Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet
45 years ago, if you lived in Ithaca, or any city, and you walked into a supermarket, you would be hard pressed to find brown rice, tofu, or anything...