Tuesday, 03 July 2012 14:35
Anngel Delaney, Grocery Manager
How long have you been in this position?
Two and a half months.
What does your job entail?
Wrangling all of the refrigerated, frozen, and dry grocery products in the store.
What did you do prior to your present job?
I was a manager at the (in)famous Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn.
What attracted you to this particular job?
My partner and I wanted to move out of the city to more verdant surroundings and GreenStar is a great co-op with a long history of providing good food to Ithacans.
Sunday, 03 June 2012 00:27
By Brandon Kane,
On March 29, GreenStar's Membership Manager, Alexis Alexander, and I enjoyed dining with nine members of the Co-op. These member-owners were randomly invited to engage in an open-ended conversation with us regarding all things GreenStar, while enjoying a delicious dinner prepared by our Deli. I found this interaction tremendously valuable and plan on holding more of these "Dinners with the GM" on a regular basis. Not only was it an opportunity for members to give direct feedback on the Co-op from their particular perspectives, but it was a chance to really engage members of the community on a level that our schedules do not often allow.
Below is a list of the topics explored that evening — some are big, some small, but all provided valuable input on how GreenStar can best meet the needs of its member-owners:
- There is a pressing need for an additional customer bathroom at the West-End store.
- Perhaps there can be a small baby changing room as well.
- It was recognized that the West-End is very busy and there is little space to meet the demand of its customers.
- Weight scales in the West-End bulk section are difficult to deal with because of the compressed retail space.
Thursday, 31 May 2012 15:50
By Joe Romano,
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
— Henry David Thoreau
Last Month, the 10th Annual Conference of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) convened in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our local BALLE affiliate, Local First Ithaca, was there in force; our contingent included Local First Ithaca co-founder and GreenStar Council member Jan Rhodes Norman and myself, current Local First Ithaca President and GreenStar Marketing Manager. In total, seven people represented Ithaca, all of them GreenStar members.
Together, Local First Ithaca and GreenStar are perfectly aligned to take the concept of Localism to the next level in our community, and so we make an annual trip to another BALLE city like Grand Rapids. To see the programs they have enacted is an exciting enough prospect. The fact that they are hosting a four-day conference with Localism leaders from around the globe, sharing their ideas on living local, makes it a game-changing event. Add a day trip to Detroit to count the victories of the people of that once-great and soon-to-be-great-again city, and it becomes an epic adventure in Localism.
But what is Localism? What does it mean? Obviously it means buying local, so why the –ism?
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