Highlight on Cooperative Principle #5, Education!

2019-08-12T13:24:06-04:00

Cool School Food participants do some hands-on learning about food. By Alexis Alexander, Membership Manager AUGUST! This is when Ithaca starts bustling with energy as teems of students head to Cornell and Ithaca College for the fall semester. From a co-op perspective, this calls forth the Fifth Cooperative Principle — Education, Training, and Information — which states: “Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public — particularly young people and opinion leaders — about the nature and benefits of cooperation.” GreenStar provides education and training on cooperatives in many different forms, from offering articles in our newsletter, [...]

Highlight on Cooperative Principle #5, Education!2019-08-12T13:24:06-04:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Meadowgate Equine Rescue

2019-07-24T13:54:49-04:00

Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are the Lilypad Puppet Theater, the Free Science Workshop, and Meadowgate Equine Rescue. Meadowgate Equine Rescue seeks to rescue horses in a neglect/abuse situation by removing them from owner’s property with law enforcement present.  They are then brought to Meadowgate for [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Meadowgate Equine Rescue2019-07-24T13:54:49-04:00

Stick and Stone Farm: Growing unique organic veggie varieties

2019-07-31T13:53:54-04:00

By Kristie Snyder, GreenStar Staff Stick and Stone Farm bursts with activity — kids and dogs romp, CSA members pick flowers and berries, and farmworkers are busy in the barn and fields. Owners Lucy Garrison-Clauson and Chaw Chang grow the standard vegetable staples, but the couple also seeks to fill a niche growing products or varieties that other farms don’t. The certified-organic farm was founded in 1995 and began selling to GreenStar a few years later. In 2003 they moved to their current location on Route 96 between Ithaca and Trumansburg, and in 2005 they joined the Full Plate Farm Collective, a local CSA (community-supported agriculture) collaboration. They also sell at the Ithaca Farmers Market and supply a variety of [...]

Stick and Stone Farm: Growing unique organic veggie varieties2019-07-31T13:53:54-04:00

Celebrating the International Day of Cooperatives with Cooperation Among Co-ops

2019-07-11T10:25:01-04:00

By Alexis Alexander, GreenStar Membership Manager On Saturday, July 6, co-ops around the world joined in celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC), initiated in 1995 to increase awareness of cooperatives and their successes and to promote the movement’s ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. IDC provides an opportunity to strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other like-minded organizations. It’s perhaps no coincidence how strongly that sentiment reflects Cooperative Principle #6: Cooperation among Cooperatives, which recognizes that co-ops serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement as a whole by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures. As a consumer co-op, GreenStar partners with various types [...]

Celebrating the International Day of Cooperatives with Cooperation Among Co-ops2019-07-11T10:25:01-04:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Lilypad Puppet Theatre

2019-07-12T13:56:18-04:00

Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are the Lilypad Puppet Theater, the Free Science Workshop, and Meadowgate Equine Rescue. Lilypad Puppet Theatre is dedicated to puppet arts. Their mission is to educate the general public in the art of puppetry through performances and workshops and to provide [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Lilypad Puppet Theatre2019-07-12T13:56:18-04:00

770 Cascadilla Is Well Underway!

2019-07-08T12:24:05-04:00

A rendering of our new location's Deli counter By Brandon Kane, GreenStar General Manager Happy summer, fellow cooperative business owners! Just twelve months ago, owners voted in overwhelming approval to purchase the premises of our future store by 2029. At that time, our new location was only a concept on paper. After months of design work and negotiations, we agreed on a budget with our developer, and construction of our new flagship store at 770 Cascadilla Street was quickly underway. The former warehouse adjacent to our future home has been taken down. Both the new roof and interior framing of our future office and public spaces are nearly complete, and ductwork that will serve our gas-free heating [...]

770 Cascadilla Is Well Underway!2019-07-08T12:24:05-04:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Free Science Workshop

2019-07-12T13:57:26-04:00

Each quarter, GreenStar selects three local not-for-profits to be the recipients of our Bring Your Own Bag, Use It for Good program donations. Our BYOB program encourages shoppers to bring their own bags by providing them with a token worth 5¢ that they can donate to one of the chosen organizations. At the end of the quarter, we make a donation to the groups based on the number of tokens given by our customers. This quarter, our recipients are the Free Science Workshop, the Lilypad Puppet Theater, and Meadowgate Equine Rescue. Free Science Workshop allows underrepresented and low-income youth to explore science at their own pace. Through hands-on activities, free-choice projects, and drop-in hours, youth truly direct their own [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Free Science Workshop2019-07-12T13:57:26-04:00

Food Justice for our LGBTQ+ Communities

2019-06-20T10:09:40-04:00

By RJ Isley, GreenStar Community Projects Board Member and GreenStar Co-op Employee For many LGBTQ+ folx, June represents Pride Month. To some, it’s a celebration of being out and proud, an opportunity to let your authentic self truly fly. For others, it’s a staunch reminder of the adversity many have always faced, particularly Trans People of Color — the originators of modern Pride in our society. I find it to be a little bit of both parts. But what does Pride have to do with GSCP, and why should I stick my Queer Politics into an organization mobilized towards greater food access? A report released by UCLA Law School found that 29% of LGBTQ+ adults “experienced a time in the [...]

Food Justice for our LGBTQ+ Communities2019-06-20T10:09:40-04:00

Co-op Principle #4: Autonomy and Independence

2019-06-20T09:59:03-04:00

By Alexis Alexander, GreenStar Membership Manager When I think about the Seven Cooperative Principles, there’s one that I tend to forget: Principle #4, Autonomy and Independence. Maybe that’s because it’s so fundamental to the notion of cooperatives. Then again, it’s also the one I struggle to explain. So, this month, I’m taking up the challenge to share what I know about this important, yet somewhat elusive principle. The International Cooperative Alliance defines Autonomy and Independence as follows: “Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.” At [...]

Co-op Principle #4: Autonomy and Independence2019-06-20T09:59:03-04:00

Reusable Solutions for the Single-Use Plastic Problem

2019-06-27T11:07:02-04:00

The United Nations estimates that our oceans contain more than 8 million tons of plastic! As it breaks down into smaller pieces, it’s mistaken for food by fish and wildlife and causes further harm to the environment. There’s no denying that plastic is a real problem. Companies have introduced compostable “plastic alternatives” that offer the same single-use convenience but break down in compost facilities. These options often cost twice as much for businesses and still require natural resources to produce, and many cities don’t have compost facilities that take them — so they’re more of a band-aid than a real solution. Solving the problem starts with choosing reusable items, changing our habits, and changing our lifestyles. Here are some [...]

Reusable Solutions for the Single-Use Plastic Problem2019-06-27T11:07:02-04:00
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