What Is A Member-Owner?
A member-owner is someone who has submitted their membership payment and commitment to buy a share of ownership in the co-operative. They provide the only means of capital we have to start and then also become our regular patrons. You do not have to be a member to shop at a co-op!
Take the first step and become a member-owner in this locally-owned, community-supported, natural foods initiative to help make natural foods available to the majority in our area.
Milestones On Our Journey
Form Board of Directors
Establish Membership On-boarding Process
Acquire POS w/ Member Recognition
We have currently purchased a Square register system. Please be patient with us as we enter members one by one when you check out. This will be important to track purchases.
Offer Class A, B, C, D Stock
Create Classes/Education Schedule
Classes/Education opportunities started in March 2019 and are currently posted in store as well as on social media.
Offer Salad Bar
Currently we offer premade salads for purchase in store when in season.
Offer Hot Food Service
February 1, 2019 -- Soups and hot sandwiches + breakfast sandwiches now available @ 8 Main Street N in Hutchinson, MN.
Offer Juice Bar
Stay tuned... smoothie options coming.
Offer Coffee Bar
As of February 1st, 2019 we have been able to offer fresh brewed coffee at our Hutchinson location @ 8 Main Street N.
Offer Artisan Cheese
Move Into Larger Space
Build Our Own Purpose Built Store
We are interested in talking to investors about the potential of a purpose built store. If you are an investor and would like to contact us, please email us at email@example.com.
Our vision is to create a member-owned natural foods cooperative organization and retail space located in Glencoe. The retail space would include a fully functioning deli with multi-seating space for guests, classes/education area, wellness education and retail area, meat department fresh/frozen, artisan cheese cooler, produce coolers/shelving, dairy coolers, frozen foods coolers, general grocery shelving, bulk foods dispensers, reverse osmosis water filtration system.
Phases 1, 2 & 3
The Break Down
Board of Directors
Greener Pastures Natural Food Co-op & Wellness Center
The Seven Co-Op Principles
Open & Voluntary Membership
Democratic Member Control
Member Economic Participation
Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are independent self-help organizations controlled by their members. They limit the influence of outside agencies or business partners to ensure their independence.
Education, Training & Information
Co-ops have an obligation and need to educate members about co-ops. This mandate also encompassing educating the general public, young people and community leaders about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
To bring the theory of working together full-circle, co-ops recognize the vital importance of working with other co-ops -- locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Through these efforts, co-ops try to help each other -- to strengthen their economic position and to contribute to the co-op movement.
Concern For Community
While member needs are their primary concern, cooperatives also work for the sustainable development of their communities.