Our purpose is to promote our local food system and to serve as a sustainable cooperative model for access to wholesome food.
What is a food system, you ask?
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, rather than a purely profit-driven motive. The co-op’s General Manager implements and measures achievement of Ends, with oversight by the member-elected Board of Directors.
As a result of our efforts, we will have:
Broad access to local and organic food.
A knowledgeable and empowered community that can make informed food choices.
A gathering place where people can gain a greater awareness of the 7 Cooperative Principles through engagement, ownership and community.
An economically viable, cooperatively owned business that creates a social and economic network that is just, trustworthy, and transformative.
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.
A local business that models, practices, and promotes environmental stewardship.
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.