What is Membership?

Since the beginning, GreenStar's mission focused on making nutritious, whole food available to its members. But membership means more than just access to good, healthy food...

When you join the Co-op you become a Member-Owner of a locally-owned and cooperatively operated values-based business. We focus on the social and environmental impact GreenStar makes on our local and global community, as well as economic performance. We put our values first, and return all profits back to the Co-op or donate them to the community.

The co-operative business model has proven to be a strong alternative to traditional profit-driven businesses. And, for every dollar you spend in a locally-owned business or cooperative, 45 cents is return to the community, compared to only 13 cents when you spend a dollar at a chain store.

One Member – One Vote means your voice truly counts!

Like all consumer co-ops, GreenStar is owned and democratically run by the people who use the store. Unlike traditional corporations where the amount of a stockholder's investment determines his or her voting power, every member at GreenStar has equal voting rights. As a Member-Owner, you have an equal say in the future direction of GreenStar.

By investing and participating in your co-op, you're putting your values into action.

Through your Equity Share investment and patronage, GreenStar supports the health and well-being of our member-owners, our community and the planet by:

  • Purchasing from local farmers and businesses
  • Paying a livable wage
  • Using clean energy and recycled office supplies
  • Supporting organic agriculture and fair trade producers
  • Offering health insurance to employees
  • Donating to local charities and events
  • Providing education on nutrition, health and sustainability
  • Improving access to healthy food to those on limited budgets through the FLOWER program



Live from the Co-op Parking Lot ­— Radio London!

By Alexis Alexander,

Membership Manager

While April showers bring May flowers most anywhere, here in Ithaca flowers aren't the only things that blossom in May. As every dance lover knows, May is the month when the outdoor music and dance scene reawakens and the rich bounty of local talent pours into the streets and parks throughout the region. What better place for GreenStar member-owners to kick off this incredible season than in our own parking lot!

GreenStar's Springtime Dance Party in the Parking Lot is scheduled this year for Thursday, May 22. To celebrate the event's fifth anniversary in superlative fashion, we're inviting back the band that kicked off our very first dance party. That's right! Our area's own British invasion — Radio London — is returning with its magical vintage Sixties sound, filled with sizzling instrumentals and outstanding harmonies. It's just what the doctor ordered to get ourselves in the groove for an amazing summertime of dance and music after the long, harsh winter!

Join your fellow GreenStar member-owners and friends in the parking lot of the West-End store at 5:30 pm for two hours of superb, free local music by one of the area's best dance bands. Everyone is welcome!

In other news...

The Annual Member-Owner Survey will be made available sometime in May for member-owners to complete. The survey is used by our General Manager, Brandon Kane, to inform Council on member-owners' satisfaction with the Co-op and potential areas for improvement. The survey will be sent via email to member-owners on our email lists. Printed copies of the survey will be available at the Member Centers of both stores for those member-owners who haven't signed up to receive mailings electronically.

This year, member-owners who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of three $150 gift cards. Instructions on how to enter the drawing will be included on the survey form.

We encourage everyone to fill out a member-owner survey to ensure that we're meeting the diverse needs of our membership to the best of our abilities.

And, in the community...

The annual GIAC festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 14. Supporting this event is a great way to honor the excellent programming GIAC provides for youth, teens, adults, seniors, and families in the greater Ithaca community. As in the past few years, we're working with GIAC staff to determine various opportunities for GreenStar member-owners to volunteer at the event for super-worker credit. We'll be posting a volunteer sign-up sheet for the event at the Member Center in both stores during the month of May and in early June. There will be a limited number of volunteer positions available, so sign up early if you're interested. You can also call the Membership Department at 607.273.2507, ext 234, or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you'd like to learn more about the event or sign up to volunteer.

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