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.
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
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 15:39
A New Documentary Shows How Food Co-ops Are a Force for Change
By Alexis Alexander,
If you attended the Annual Spring Member Meeting in April this year, you had the opportunity to watch the trailer for a powerful new documentary, Food for Change: The Story of Cooperation in America. This feature-length film shows how food co-ops are a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture, working to strengthen the communities where they're located by enhancing local economies and food security. Both long-term co-op member-owners and those new to or unfamiliar with the cooperative movement have much to gain from viewing the documentary. According to the film's website, the goal of the documentary is "to educate a wide national audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on food."
The Membership Committee of GreenStar Council is excited to host a second showing of Food for Change on Friday, June 20 at 6:30 pm at the Space @ GreenStar. We first screened the film at the Space to rave reviews this past February. Those who attended the screening encouraged us to host another so that more people could see the film. The movie screening is free, with doors opening at 6 pm. Popcorn and beverages will be served!
The Food for Change project began when Steve Alves, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and member-owner of the Franklin Community Cooperative, was asked to make a film for his co-op located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. In his research, Alves uncovered many historical films and stories about the growth of cooperatives during the Great Depression, when the Cold War and consumerism began to dominate our culture socially and economically. For a time, the great achievements of these cooperatives were thwarted, only to emerge again in the tumultuous environment of the sixties when food co-ops came to be seen as a viable alternative to factory farms and corporate grocery chains.
The documentary traces the history of the modern day cooperative movement using fascinating historical film footage and photos, interspersed with numerous interviews of people involved with the cooperative movement throughout the years. The first part of the film focuses on the strong growth of cooperatives during the Great Depression, and then progresses through time, depicting both the opportunities and challenges food co-ops have faced in light of the economic, political, and social climate of the day. The last section of the film covers the current efforts of co-ops, farmers, and consumers as they work together to gain greater control over their local economies, successfully competing in a food system dominated by agri-business and giant supermarket chains. To this end, the film shows how co-ops offer a true alternative to corporate control of our food supply, while also being a positive vehicle for constructive social and economic change.
The sponsorship of this film is an excellent example of the Cooperative Principle #6: Cooperation among Cooperatives. In order to gain the funding needed to produce the film and to reach a wider audience, Alves reached out to food cooperatives across the nation. Naturally, GreenStar opted to be one of the many food co-ops that generously co-sponsored the film.
We hope you can join us on June 20 as we view this compelling documentary together and then engage in a lively discussion immediately following the viewing. For more information about the film, visit http://foodforchange.coop.
A reminder: We're still looking for member-owners interested in volunteering at the GIAC Festival on Saturday, June 14 for super-worker credit. Two-hour shifts are available between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm. If you're interested, please sign up at the Member Center at either store, email me or call the Membership Department at 607.273.2507, ext. 234.
By Jonathan Latham
Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber and food under the newly devised "Rainforest Plus" la...