What is Membership?

Since the beginning, GreenStar's mission focused on making nutritious, whole food available to its members. But membership means more than just access to good, healthy food...

When you join the Co-op you become a Member-Owner of a locally-owned and cooperatively operated values-based business. We focus on the social and environmental impact GreenStar makes on our local and global community, as well as economic performance. We put our values first, and return all profits back to the Co-op or donate them to the community.

The co-operative business model has proven to be a strong alternative to traditional profit-driven businesses. And, for every dollar you spend in a locally-owned business or cooperative, 45 cents is return to the community, compared to only 13 cents when you spend a dollar at a chain store.

One Member – One Vote means your voice truly counts!

Like all consumer co-ops, GreenStar is owned and democratically run by the people who use the store. Unlike traditional corporations where the amount of a stockholder's investment determines his or her voting power, every member at GreenStar has equal voting rights. As a Member-Owner, you have an equal say in the future direction of GreenStar.

By investing and participating in your co-op, you're putting your values into action.

Through your Equity Share investment and patronage, GreenStar supports the health and well-being of our member-owners, our community and the planet by:

  • Purchasing from local farmers and businesses
  • Paying a livable wage
  • Using clean energy and recycled office supplies
  • Supporting organic agriculture and fair trade producers
  • Offering health insurance to employees
  • Donating to local charities and events
  • Providing education on nutrition, health and sustainability
  • Improving access to healthy food to those on limited budgets through the FLOWER program



It's Springtime and GreenStar Rocks!


Sun is shining, the weather is sweet
Make you want to move your dancing feet.

— Bob Marley

By Alexis Alexander,
Membership Manager 

MosaicMay is finally here — that joyous time of year when we can begin soaking up the warmth, kick off our shoes, and dance up a storm.

And that means it's time for our annual Dance Party in the Parking Lot! This year, we are thrilled to feature Mosaic Foundation, who will fill our parking lot with their outstanding mix of "Roots Reggae" music. Come dance with us on Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, as we celebrate the start of the Ithaca outdoor dance season right in our own parking lot at the West-End store.

This is a free event, open to everyone, so invite your friends and family for a fun-filled evening of music and dance.

A Special Community Service Volunteer Opportunity 
for Member-Owners

The annual GIAC Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, from noon to 6 pm. This is a very special event in our community that honors and supports the excellent programming GIAC provides for youth, teens, adults, seniors, and families in the greater Ithaca community. This year's festival theme is "Doing Small Things in a Great Way!" — complete with terrific music, performances, food, vendors, games, and children's activities.

To further support the good work of GIAC, GreenStar is providing an opportunity for 10 member-owners to volunteer at the festival and earn super-worker credit in return. There will be ten 2-hour shifts available at specific times throughout the festival. Volunteer shifts include set-up from 9:30 to 11:30 am, monitoring children's activities and face painting during the festival, and clean-up starting at 5:30 pm. Volunteers will earn a 17.5 percent super-worker discount, good for one week.

If you're interested in volunteering, please sign up at the Member Center at either store, or you can call the Membership Department at 607.273.2507, ext 234, or e-mail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Volunteer shifts will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and we'll also maintain a waiting list in case someone's availability changes.

GMO Labeling One-Minute Activist Letter 
A Record-Breaking 

GreenStar rocks in more ways than one, and it's not just about music! In just three weeks' time, 1,249 GreenStar member-owners and customers signed our One-Minute Activist letter encouraging Governor Cuomo to support GMO labeling legislation currently in the New York State Assembly. The outpouring of support for this effort was unprecedented! Thanks to our cashiers who totally embraced this action and enthusiastically informed member-owners and customers about the letter; to the four Cornell student volunteers — Tyler, Mollie, Kelley, and Lydia -— who researched the issue, wrote the letter, and tabled in the West-End store lobby to spread the word; and to the hundreds of member-owners and customers who signed the letter and informed their friends and family. This was truly a cooperative effort at its best!

As I sit down to write this piece today, I am preparing to send the letters off to Governor Cuomo. I tell you, it requires a big box! A cover letter and copy of the letter is being sent to our local Assemblyperson, Barbara Lifton, and to our senators at both the state and federal levels. I have also had the opportunity to speak with the staff of Assemblyperson Linda Rosenthal, who wrote the legislation. Her staff expressed extreme gratitude and were very impressed by the outpouring of support. And, at the suggestion of a member-owner who spoke to the Cornell students, I will be sending a copy of the letter to other food co-ops in New York and encouraging them to offer this activist opportunity to their members.

So, in town and out, the cooperative energy of GreenStar prevails. It is, indeed, the start of a wonderful spring and summer!

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