Membership – Join The Co-op

Become a Co-op Owner

Own It!

The Co-op is open to all shoppers, but the strength and health of a Co-op depends on a strong ownership base. By becoming an owner, you bolster our local economy by supporting local producers, you help build strong community around shared goals, you increase access to healthy food choices, and you support a more resilient local food system.

Everyone is welcome to shop at the Potsdam Food Co-op, but ownership has benefits.

Benefits of ownership

  • Taking part in the Co-op community by attending events and by being a working-owner, both of which are great ways to meet new people
  • The opportunity to shape the direction of the Co-op by serving on committees or the Board of Directors
  • The option of earning a 10% or 20% discount on your purchases by working in the store (1 hour/month for each adult in the household for a 10% discount or 3 hours/week for 20%)
  • A vote to choose the Board of Directors and a voice in the Co-op's decision making
  • Access to the Buying Club, which gives discounts on bulk and special order purchases
  • Owner Deals (special pricing on certain items for owners)

How To Become A Member-Owner

It only costs $10 per year for a household that goes toward your owner-share in the Co-op. After ten years as an Owner, when your owner-investment equals $100, you will no longer make payments. The equity share of your payments is fully refundable if you leave the area or decide for any reason to no longer be an Owner of the Co-op.

Ask any staff member for a form to become an owner! Fill out the form and give it to a cashier with your fee.

After your household information is processed, you will be given a card with a unique member ID number. In order to receive your discounts or other special pricing, your card must be scanned at the register at the time of purchase.

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