As many of you have heard, your food co-op is moving to a new building this summer/early fall of 2011. Our lease is up at the current location on January 31, 2012. Our moving committee has been working on finding a new location since February of 2010….the great news is that we think we’re close, very close. In order to make this move a success we are going to need a lot of community support and awareness for the greatest local food movement that Reno has ever seen. Did you know that your little co-op started buying from 3 local producers back in 2005? At the end of 2010 we were able to send the annual farmer letter to 51 local producers!! Its happening, and its very beautiful to watch and participate in. Join in.
Once a year, at the end of January, your co-op sends out a paper letter to every single one of its member-owners letting them know how their community-owned business is doing and what’s on the horizon. This year’s letter is sure to be packed with lots of juicy information and we want to make sure you get it! Help save us a lot of time, money and energy by making sure that we have YOUR UPDATED ADDRESS on file. You can come down or call the store at 775-324-6133. In the spirit of the the 4th Cooperative Principle — Autonomy and Independence, please take the time to participate and do your part in this very necessary food movement!
QUICK REFRESHER — The 7 Cooperative Principles:
- Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
- Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
- Members’ Economic Participation
Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
- Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
- Education, Training and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
- Cooperation among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
- Concern for Community
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.
Learn more about your food co-operative!
GBCFC Side note things: Hulsman Ranch local grass-fed ground beef is back in stock and We have raw organic cacao powder in bulk at $9.99lb (best price in town)!!