What is a Co-op?
A co-op is a member-owned business established to provide for the needs of its members and is run democratically by its members. The international Cooperative Alliance defines a co-operative as 'an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically controlled enterprise".
Why does Placerville need a Co-op?
Provides a Dependable Food Source
We will have a dependable source of healthy, natural, and nutritious foods in our own community.
Supports Local Farmers and Businesses
The Food Co-op will offer locally farmed and produced food and goods whenever possible.
Strengthens Our Local Economy
Buying and shopping at our local Food Co-op keeps our dollars circulated in our community. Getting to know the farmers who grow our food builds relationships based on understanding and trust.
Who needs a Co-op?
The mother who values wholesome foods and wants to share that value with her children.
The local business owner who helps keep our local economy strong when money is spent and re-circulates in our own community.
The small farmer who benefits from a strong local market for his or her goods and produce.
The gourmet in search of that firm deep yellow of a true "free range" egg.
The environment (and all of us) who benefit from clean air, clean water, and healthy land.
Anyone and everyone who cares about the quality of our food, where our food comes from, what's in it, and who ultimately benefits from its production and distribution.
Seven Co-operative Principles
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
2. Democratic Member Control
3. Member Economic Participation
4. Autonomy and Independence
5. Education, Training, and Information
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
7. Concern for Community