A group of islanders have been working for months to form the Orcas Food Co-op that will be located in the former Homegrown market. Incorporated with the state as a nonprofit Cooperative Association, the co-op is member-owned and will focus on providing local and organic, non-gmo food as well as other goods and services that benefit the community. As a consumer-owned cooperative business, the co-op is owned and controlled by the people who use it. When you shop at the co-op the money you spend will get re-invested into the co-op, strengthening the economic underpinnings of our community.
The co-op plans to do some renovations to the space and make dramatic changes to the layout before opening its doors. There are several ways to get involved. To become a member or volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The co-op needs the commitment of 250 total founding members by Nov. 1 in order to sign the lease for the old ‘Homegrown’ space.’
The Co-op also offers a monthly installment membership for those unable to pay the full $240 at this time.
Memberships are available for purchase online at www.orcasfoodcoop.com.