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, 01 May 2012 11:38
By Alexis Alexander,
With summer just around the corner, it's a great time to celebrate the warmer weather with your fellow GreenStar Member-owners. We have a few outdoor events in mind for you that have become true GreenStar traditions.
Join us on Thursday, May 24 for the Third Annual Dance Party in the Parking Lot. This year we'll be dancing up a storm... well, actually, that was last year when several of us brave souls danced in the midst of severe tornado warnings!
So let me just say that this year, the mood will be HOT, and maybe a bit sweaty, as we're entertained by the infectious Latin sounds of Jorge T. Cuevas and the Caribe Jazz Allstars. These premiere Latin Jazz musicians play it all — salsa, mambo, cha cha, merengue, bolero, samba and 6/8. They'll have us smilin' and dancin' in no time!
Festivities start at 5:30 pm in the parking lot of the West-End store, where we'll keep dancing until 7:30. Join up with your friends, family and fellow GreenStar member-owners for a delightful evening of music and dance.
If it does rain this year, we will hold the dance party in The Space @ GreenStar at 700 W. Buffalo Street.
The very next week, on Thursday, May 31, summertime in Ithaca truly begins with the Ithaca Festival Parade. GreenStar plans to march and we would love to have you with us. We're still working on our plans, but if you want to have a blast with your GreenStar compatriots, join us for the parade. Look in the store and on our website as details of our parade plans and attire unfold.
Service to the community is at the core of GreenStar's Cooperative mission. At the request of member-owners who attended our Town Hall meetings a few years ago, a new GreenStar tradition was born — a community service project every June.
This year's community service project will be held on Saturday, June 23. As this issue of the GreenLeaf goes to press, we have not finalized whether we'll be doing a neighborhood clean-up project like we've done the past two years, or whether we're going to provide assistance for some other community endeavor on that day.
Final details about the project will be announced during the Dance Party in the Parking Lot in May, and in the June GreenLeaf. If you're interested in participating, we'll have sign-up sheets available at the dance party and in the stores after May 24. So, stay tuned for more details as the month unfolds!
We look forward to celebrating the summer season with you, our member-owners!
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...