- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Cooperation among cooperatives
- Concern for community
A resurgence of interest seems to have occurred at other times of societal stress: the great depression of the 1930s and upheavals of the 1970s. More history can be found at...
“From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.”
...and Adam Smith...
“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.”
Co-ops need to turn a profit to exist but operate to benefit their members. Some cooperatives choose to lean a little more toward Karl, others toward Adam. Yet all successful cooperatives find a balance that’s right for their members.
Our co-op’s exact size and configuration will depend upon the support of the community. The more memberships we get and the more capital we raise will determine how much outside financing we can obtain. The more financing the bigger the store and the count of amenities goes up. See the Our Plan page for more details.
In comparison Los Angles County, with a population of 12.9 million, has only one food co-op...
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