*What is a food system?
A food system includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption and nutrient recycling/composting of food and food-related items.
Under the Policy Governance model adopted by the Board of Directors, “Ends” describe the desired outcomes of the GBCFC cooperative community. Our Ends take into account a “triple bottom line” that reflects the co-op’s economic, social, and environmental values. The co-op’s General Manager implements and measures achievement of Ends, with oversight by the Board.
As a result of our efforts, we will have:
1. Broad access to local and organic food.
2. A knowledgeable and empowered community that can make informed food choices.
3. A gathering place where people can gain a greater awareness of the 7 cooperative principles through engagement, ownership and community.
4. An economically viable, cooperatively owned business that creates a social and economic network that is just, trustworthy, and transformative.
5. A stronger local food system, which includes a marketplace that uses fair and just buying practices to support growers, vendors, and artisans from within our food shed.
6. A local business that models, practices, and promotes environmental stewardship.
7. A cooperative work environment that is respectful and diverse, providing a livable wage and benefits to a self directed, effective employee who is a partner in achieving our business goals.