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

2019-06-12T14:14:21-04:00

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 items [...]

Reusable Solutions for the Single-Use Plastic Problem2019-06-12T14:14:21-04:00

Our Capital Campaign Is the Key to Our Success

2019-05-29T11:17:51-04:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager By now, if we’ve done our job well, you should be (practically) sick of hearing about our Capital Campaign and the key role it plays in our expansion and relocation project. If we’ve somehow failed to reach you yet, here’s the elevator speech: We need to raise $1.5 million from member-owner investments by June 14. The additional $2.5 million in loans already secured is dependent on our achieving this investment goal. As of late May, we’ve collected about $755,000, with an additional $200,000 committed but not yet collected. I’m confident we'll achieve our spring goal because our wonderfully diverse community deeply supports its co-op and knows that we deliver on our commitments. I’m currently drafting [...]

Our Capital Campaign Is the Key to Our Success2019-05-29T11:17:51-04:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Wild Things Sanctuary

2019-05-08T15:25:38-04:00

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 Natural Leaders Initiative, the Friends of Stewart Park, and Wild Things Animal Sanctuary. Wild Things Sanctuary started over a decade ago as a wildlife rehabilitation center helping all native wildlife. However, after some time, it became clear that one group [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support Wild Things Sanctuary2019-05-08T15:25:38-04:00

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Natural Leaders Initiative

2019-05-08T15:46:41-04:00

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 Natural Leaders Initiative, the Friends of Stewart Park, and Wild Things Animal Sanctuary. Building strong, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable communities requires widespread civic participation and diverse community leadership. To that end, the Natural Leaders Initiative (NLI) has supported the growth [...]

Bring Your Own Bag to Support the Natural Leaders Initiative2019-05-08T15:46:41-04:00

Empowerment at Esty Street Garden

2019-06-20T10:10:53-04:00

By Alana Pagano, GreenStar Community Projects Communications Coordinator When you think of summer in Tompkins County, it’s easy to think of abundance. It’s peak growing season and, in an agriculturally dense region like Tompkins County, it feels like food is growing everywhere. Ironically, it’s summer that can be the most difficult for families facing food insecurity. Food is growing all around, but the critical missing piece is school food — the lack of which results in hunger for at least one-fifth of our children. GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP) — our co-op’s non-profit affiliate — responds to this by coordinating youth programs and food distribution when school is out. The center of this work is Esty Street Garden, GSCP’s wheelchair-accessible [...]

Empowerment at Esty Street Garden2019-06-20T10:10:53-04:00

Co-op Owners: Help us Reach our Spring Goal and Secure an Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency Loan!

2019-05-18T09:04:01-04:00

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency has committed to offering GreenStar a $400,000 low-interest loan toward our expansion and relocation project ... if GreenStar owners show their support by helping us reach our goal of $1.5 million by June. During this Spring Campaign, we have now surpassed $660,000! We need our owners to rally around this project and continue to invest in our cooperative growth by investing in our expansion. Supporting your community-owned co-op is a truly local, socially responsible investment that ensures GreenStar will deliver on the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit. GreenStar owners currently residing in New York State can learn more about making an investment by contacting Heidi Adami and Laura Buttenbaum at capital@greenstar.coop [...]

Co-op Owners: Help us Reach our Spring Goal and Secure an Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency Loan!2019-05-18T09:04:01-04:00

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on May 11

2019-05-08T11:27:13-04:00

World Fair Trade Day is a globally celebrated holiday. On Saturday, May 11, around the world, there will be events and discussions showcasing the work of small-scale producers and artisans who are at the heart of the Fair Trade movement and the contributions they make to healthy and sustainable communities. Fair Trade is trade built on trust and respect, spanning geographic and cultural boundaries. GreenStar is committed to offering Fair Trade products from companies such as African Market Baskets, Equal Exchange, Alaffia, Alter Eco, Choice Tea, Dr. Bronner's, Eco Teas, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Theo Chocolates, and Maggie's Organics. These Fair Trade-certified businesses help facilitate change in the communities they work with. Your patronage of these companies supports initiatives ranging [...]

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day on May 112019-05-08T11:27:13-04:00

GreenStar Board President Honored with Neighboring Cooperator Award

2019-05-08T14:09:43-04:00

Patrice Lockert Anthony, left, with NFCA President Faye Mack. Photo courtesy of Neighboring Food Co-op Association GreenStar's Board of Directors (Council) President Patrice Lockert Anthony was recently honored by the Neighboring Food Co-op Association with their “Neighboring Co-operator” award, acknowledging her leadership and collaboration in helping our co-ops confront and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The “Neighboring Co-operator Award” acknowledges special contributions made to the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) and the advancement of our vision by a staff member, director, or member of an NFCA Member Co-op or partner organization. As part of the award, the NFCA makes a contribution to the Bowers fund in honor of the recipient and invites other co-ops, organizations [...]

GreenStar Board President Honored with Neighboring Cooperator Award2019-05-08T14:09:43-04:00
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