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



Member-Owner Input is Vital for Equity Decisions

Wednesday, 31 August 2011 19:58

By Alexis Alexander, 

Membership Manager

welcome-back-StudentsAs 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.

Read more: Member-Owner Input is Vital for Equity Decisions


Flower - Frequently Asked Questions

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
  • WIC
  • Medicaid
  • Free School Lunch Program

Read more: Flower - Frequently Asked Questions

flower-650pxFresh, 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.

FLOWER FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)


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