Why we chose the co-op model
In 2009, a group of us in Macomb and McDonough County, feeling the need for a local foods store in Macomb, began to act. Given the strong cooperative tradition present in rural communities, especially when there is a sense of an unmet need. The Midwest historically has had a culture of communal self-sufficiency. An additional appeal of a co-op is the ability to finance primarily with local funding. The members of a cooperative are its owners, enabling the co-op to keep economic benefits within our community and debt TO a minimum.
Our purpose is to create and operate a member-owned, Macomb-based cooperative that supports the local economy through the distribution and sale of regional and sustainably grown foods, fair trade products, and health care items.
Our core values reflect what is truly important to us:
- Healthy food
- Transparency of operations
- Participative community engagement and education
- Sustainable and local
- Positive experience for members, customers and employees
Our vision is to create a participative community by directly connecting producers and consumers for the mutual benefit of a healthy environment and sustainable agricultural development. Our store location will initially offer a variety of sustainably grown foods, fair trade products, and health care items.
The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.
Articles of Incorporation
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Co-operation among Co-operatives
- Concern for Community