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
Thursday, 03 November 2011 02:38
By Alexis Alexander,
GreenStar's mission statement outlines a number of ethical guidelines that direct our operational decisions, practices and policies. A central theme is the importance that we place on protecting our environment and natural resources. Exercising ecological responsibility and leadership is at the core of what we do in our co-op and our community on a daily basis. This is why the notion of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "hydrofracking," has struck such a deep nerve throughout the GreenStar community, and with such force that it compelled GreenStar's Council to send a formal letter in April to our representatives in Albany and Washington, DC requesting a ban on hydrofracking in New York and the entire Marcellus Shale region.
Many member-owners have expressed their concern over the rapid, and seemingly reckless, pace at which Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are moving to allow gas companies to begin hydrofracking in New York. When we think of the threat this process is to the safety of our drinking water and air, and the threat it poses to our local farmers' being able to continue to farm organically, the notion is truly frightening. It raises the question of what we can do, together, as a co-op.
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:58
By Alexis Alexander,
As I write this article, college students are flooding into town and our staff is busy processing scores of new memberships. August is our busiest new membership month. In 2010, we processed 220 new memberships, 78 more than the next highest month. We're on track for another stellar year, with 95 new memberships sold in just the first 14 days.
Our popularity among new students reflects our general experience at GreenStar. People's interest simply keeps growing, whether their motivation is the natural products we sell, the cooperative economic model with its focus on local sustainability, or simply the community spirit in our stores. Our most recent membership tally shows us topping the 8,000 member mark, with new membership sales of 1,005 so far this year.
What do I receive?
A 13% FLOWER discount, which is added to the 2% discount that all member-owners receive, for a total discount of 15%.
For those who have never been a GreenStar member-owner before, a free trial membership, good for one year.
How do I qualify for the program?
GreenStar member-owners whose memberships are up to date qualify for FLOWER if they currently receive assistance from one of the following programs:
- Food Stamps
- TANF—Cash Assistance
- Free School Lunch Program
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By Samatha Abrams,
Co-Founder, Emmy's Organics
When you're shopping in GreenStar, there is a lot to look at. The aisles are filled with products and brands that you know and many that you don't. What are the things that you check for? Do you look at the branding of a package and think, "This is for me!" Or do you look at the ingredients of the product? Or do you shop by certifications, such as "Organic" or "Non--GM...