October is National Co-op Month!

October is a special time for Co-ops of all kinds to celebrate and reflect on the core values that unite us. Community focus and member driven governance practices are what make Co-ops unique, and so this month is as much about celebrating our Co-Owners as anything else.

We think more is merrier, so what better time to hold one of our month-long member drives? Throughout October, we’re waving the administrative fee for membership. If you’ve been waiting to join in or know someone who would benefit from membership, now is the time!

Reap the Benefits of Membership:

  • A monthly 10% discount that can be used any day you choose, all day, at any of our locations.

  • Access to special Co-Owner sales each month.

  • Discounts on our classes.

  • Local discounts on goods and services from businesses that are part of our Local Co-Operators program.

  • You get to vote in our Annual Elections, including electing Board Members to represent you.

  • For only $50, you own a share in a local business!

Principled Organizations

Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance in 1995. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

  1. Voluntary & Open Membership: Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
  2. Democratic Member Control: Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
  3. Members' Economic Participation: Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
  4. Autonomy & Independence: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative's autonomy.
  5. Education, Training, and Information: Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives: Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
  7. Concern For Community: While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.

Ownership = Community Support:

  • Creating a healthier community that supports individuals in need through our Community Involvement.

  • Supporting the local food system by prioritizing locally sourced products.

  • Growing the local economy by ensuring more dollars stay in Idaho.

  • Creating local jobs, and providing a living wage and benefits to more than 200 employees.