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
Fresh, Local, Organic Within Everyone's Reach (read FLOWER FAQs)
GreenStar's newest member-owner discount program is designed to make natural, wholesome food and eco-friendly products more affordable to all members of the community.
FLOWER means more people in our community coming together and supporting a dynamic locally owned co-operative committed to offering healthier food choices, promoting social justice and protecting the planet.
With FLOWER, everyone benefits – Our community, our co-op and our planet.
To qualify for the 15% FLOWER discount, you must currently receive assistance from one of the following programs:
If you've never been a Greenstar member, you will receive a one year, free trial membership.
For more information, contact Alexis Alexander or call the Membership Department at 607-273-9392.
Joining is easy and only takes a few minutes! Fill out an application at any cash register at either store, or at the Customer Service Desk at the West-End store. See below for payment options. Contact the Membership Manager for more information.
All GreenStar memberships are individual memberships, good for one adult and dependent children under 18 years of age. Spouses, partners and other adults are not eligible to use your membership.
Your Equity Share investment of $90 helps GreenStar support local farmers, artisans, businesses and a number of worthy community programs and events. We keep our Equity Share low and have different payment plans to make member-ownership affordable.
- Option 1: Pay $90 in full plus a $1.00 processing fee
- Option 2: Pay over 10 consecutive years -- $9.00 equity plus $1.00 processing fee each year
- Option 3: If you are over 65 years of age, differently-abled or low income, you may pay $4.00 equity plus $1.00 processing fee each year until you reach $90 equity
If you pay in installments, you may pay the membership off in full or in larger increments at any time.
For those interested in our FLOWER program:
If you’ve never been a GreenStar Member-Owner before and you qualify for the FLOWER program, your first $4.00 payment will be paid by GreenStar (apply for FLOWER before you join the Co-op to take advantage of the free trial year option).
Member Benefits & Participation
Your investment and patronage allows GreenStar to offer member-owner benefits that make healthy options more affordable, including:
- 2% Member-Owner Discount
- 7½% Discount for Seniors over 65 and Differently-Abled Member-owners
- Member Deals sales in all departments
- Eligibility to participate in our Member Labor Program for greater discounts
- Eligibility to receive a 15% discount if you qualify for our FLOWER Program for member-owners who currently receive certain government assistance benefits
- Receive annual Co-op Deals coupon books
Besides receiving a discount, there are many other ways that member-owners benefit and can actively participate in the co-op:
- Vote in Council elections, on By-Laws changes and Member Referenda
- Submit a Member Referenda for a membership vote
- Run for a seat on GreenStar Council
- Serve on a Council committee
- Volunteer as a Superworker or Member Worker
- Attend semi-annual Member meetings
- Participate in Co-op social events and community projects
- Attend or teach classes in our Meeting Room
- Read or contribute to The GreenLeaf, our monthly newsletter
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At the August 14 and September 11 Council meetings, the GreenStar community began a lively discussion regarding the possibility that the Co-op will lift or alter its current ban on most goods produced in the Peoples Republic of China in addition to implementing other product line guideline changes. (Please see additional coverage in this and last months Council News columns on page 3.) In order to allow this complex and controversial discourse to continue, short statements were solicited from those at the meet...