Greener Pastures Natural Foods Co-op
Greener Pastures Natural Foods Co-op

​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

Board of Directors formed May 7, 2018.  

Establish Membership On-boarding Process

Member-Ownership is completed online only. Click Membership and follow the instructions to "Make Your Membership Commitment".

1) Complete the "Member-Owner Stock Purchase Agreement"
2) Fill in payment information and click "Pay Now" - Minimum 1 Common Stock purchase of $100 plus any additional preferred stock if desired.

*Two emails will be sent both to the new Member-Owner and Greener Pastures Natural Foods Co-op Staff indicating: 
 - The information the Member-Owner submitted + new Member-Owner number. 
 - A receipt for payment. 

In order to determine when and where we can open a store, we will be accepting a membership PLEDGE during our startup phase. Learn more on the Membership page. 

Raise Capital


OUR GOAL: 200 Member-Owners needed to open a store. 
*Current Member-Owners = 60   *Members Needed = 140  
*Updated March 24, 2019

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

Preferred stock can be purchased in Class A ($100), B ($200), C ($500), D ($1000) stock options. Purchasing preferred stock allows Member-Owners to show additional support by providing the co-op more working capitol to operate. Dividends are paid on these stocks. In keeping with the co-op model, preferred stock does not provide any additional voting rights (i.e. every member gets one vote). These stocks can be added to the required $100 Common Stock purchased at membership signing or at a later time by using the "Pay Now" form. 

Launch Website

We launched a website in July 2018 as After establishing our retail site at 8 Main Street N Hutchinson in January of 2019 we updated to the URL

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

Looking for submissions and ideas - please submit via the consignment form in the bottom menu of our website or email us at

Move Into Larger Space

Currently spaces are being considered within the McLeod County area. If you have any tips for the Board of Directors on available warehouse, retail or other potential space for lease, please contact us using the contact form. 

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

The Seven Co-Op Principles

Open & Voluntary Membership

Co-ops do not limit, for any social, political, or religious reasons, who may join and become a co-owner of the co-op.

Democratic Member Control

All co-op members have equal voting and decision-making power. 

 Member Economic Participation

Co-ops -- and their money -- are owned and controlled by their members.

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.

Member Health

Employee Health

Four Measures Of Health

Environmental Health

Social Health