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

General Manager Report: Collegetown and DeWitt Store Updates

2019-07-31T14:43:50-04:00

By Brandon Kane, General Manager A cooperative’s strength is derived from its owners, and I can say with confidence that our co-op has some of the most committed ownership in the nation. GreenStar is more than 13,000 owners strong and 78 percent of our sales are made to owners. Now here we are ushering in a new and improved GreenStar at 770 Cascadilla Street. I’m filled with excitement for the work of the next several months. As GreenStar grows, so does cooperation. I’ve been providing monthly updates on the West End expansion, so this month I’d like to share some great new developments at our other GreenStar locations. GreenStar’s Collegetown store celebrates its third anniversary this month. Already holding [...]

General Manager Report: Collegetown and DeWitt Store Updates2019-07-31T14:43:50-04:00

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

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

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

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

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
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