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



We Could Have Danced All Night

Saturday, 30 April 2011 19:00

By Kristie Snyder,

GreenLeaf Editor

GreenStar member-owners gathered in the Co-op's warehouse property on the evening of April 22 for the Spring Annual Membership meeting. A new feeling was in the air, as members mingled over a light dinner, talked and traded with farmers and vendors, heard updates on the state of the Co-op and listened to Council candidates, then danced for hours to the sounds of Jorge T. Cuevas and the Caribe Jazz All Stars.

A separate Member Forum was held April 14 to give those members who wished to do so more time to voice their opinion. A summary of the topics raised there was presented at the Membership Meeting, with the opportunity for members to leave written feedback.

Read more: We Could Have Danced All Night


Conditions of Membership: Our New Member Code of Conduct

Friday, 11 February 2011 20:32

By Alexis Alexander,
Membership Manager

co-opIn the Fall GreenStar members voted on various Bylaws revisions, including one that authorized Council to establish “Conditions of Membership.” Prior to this vote, practices regarding membership requirements were never formally defined. This often led to confusion about our membership requirements and expectations regarding responsibilities and rights as member-owners. Formally establishing conditions of membership is essential to operating the cooperative in a consistent manner, whereby all member-owners are treated justly and fairly. Therefore, over the next several months the Membership Committee will formalize specific Conditions of Membership and bring them to Council for approval.

Read more: Conditions of Membership: Our New Member Code of Conduct

Members Approve Eight Sets of Bylaws Updates

Tuesday, 30 November 2010 14:54

By Michael Hoysic, 

Bylaws Review Committee Member

HandsSoilWeb_smGreenStar member-owners voted to pass eight of nine proposed sets of changes to the Co-op’s bylaws during October’s voting period. Only Set 2, which would have reduced the number of Councilmembers from 15 to 12, failed to receive the necessary two-thirds majority votes required for a bylaws

Read more: Members Approve Eight Sets of Bylaws Updates


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