Definition of a Co-operative
A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Or, in real person talk, it’s a business that’s owned and run by a group of interested people – it can be employees, or customers, or the community at large.
Values of a Co-operative
Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
Like many consumer food coops in the United States today, the Great Basin Community Food Co-op began when a few people got together to create a business that would meet a mutual need: to increase community access to affordable, sustainable, and wholesome food that enriches the health of the Northern Nevada’s environment and economy.
In 2005, the GBCFC began as a buyers’ club relying exclusively on the volunteer efforts of motivated citizens. The buyers’ club was closely associated with a cooperative CSA program that coordinated several regional farmers’ produce into one weekly basket subscription for Northern Nevada households, known as the Great Basin Basket. Both the buyers’ club and the Great Basin Basket grew quickly.
A small store-front opened on Wonder Street within a year of the initial community meetings. That store-front operated for over a year before moving to a slightly larger location on Plumas in 2008. Three years later in 2011 we carried out a member driven fundraising campaign to move the store for a third time into a much larger building in order to better meet the needs of its members. On February 11, 2012 we opened our doors at 240 Court St. Reno, NV 89501.
Since then we have won national awards for our steady growth as we serve the food needs of Northern Nevada. We do our best to stay ahead of the game, always looking to improve our food system through better nutrition, decreased waste streams, carbon sequestration, safe farming practices, and fair wages for farmers.
We believe in organic, local, single source clean food that is produced in a fair way for all involved.