Our purpose is to promote our local food system and to serve as a sustainable cooperative model for access to wholesome food.

Our purpose is to promote our local food system and to serve as a sustainable cooperative model for access to wholesome food.
Green Sprouts
Feeding our community

What is a food system?

A food system includes all of the processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, nutrient recycling/composing, and waste.

Food Production

Food Production

Food Processing

Food Processing

Distribution & Aggregation

Distribution & Aggregation

Resource & Waste Recovery

Resource & Waste Recovery

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Ends Policies

Under the Policy Governance model adopted by the Board of Directors, “Ends” describe the desired outcomes of the GBCFC cooperative community. Our Ends take into account a triple bottom line that reflects the co-op’s economic, social, and environmental values, rather than a purely profit-driven motive. The co-op’s General Manager implements and measures achievement of Ends, with oversight by the member-elected Board of Directors. As a result of our efforts, we will have:

  • 01

    Broad access to local and organic food.

  • 02

    A knowledgeable and empowered community that can make informed food choices.

  • 03

    A gathering place where people can gain a greater awareness of the 7 Cooperative Principles through engagement, ownership and community.

  • 04

    An economically viable, cooperatively owned business that creates a social and economic network that is just, trustworthy, and transformative.

  • 05

    A stronger local food system, which includes a marketplace that uses fair and just buying practices to support growers, vendors, and artisans from within our food shed.

  • 06

    A local business that models, practices, and promotes environmental stewardship.

  • 07

    A cooperative work environment that is respectful and diverse, providing a livable wage and benefits to a self directed, effective employee who is a partner in achieving our business goals.

Strategic Plan
Autonomy & Independence

Cooperative guidelines that put our values into practice