From the Denver Post:
Frustrated by the lack of a natural grocer, such as Whole Foods or Sprouts, in their neighborhood, a group of Stapleton residents has banded together to launch a food cooperative. The Northeast Community Co-Op Market has drafted bylaws and is recruiting 1,000 founding members willing to contribute $200 each to fund the venture.
This letter first appeared in the Front Porch newspaper, available here.
Some of you may already know about efforts to start a food co-op in our neighborhood. If not, take a moment to visit www.northeastco-op.org. This project is the result of frustration from not being able to recruit a natural grocer to the northeast metro area and optimism that our communities will embrace and support an alternative that can supply locally-sourced, fresh, and organic products. We hope this optimism will persist as we transition into the membership drive for the co-op.
I am becoming a member of the food co-op because I believe that my community wants and needs a better source for food products. I am joining because I believe in the cooperative principles of voluntary and open membership, democratic control, economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, cooperation, and concern for community. I am purchasing my member share because I believe in the co-op’s vision to develop an inclusive and vibrant community hub that will enrich our neighborhoods through proactive community engagement and cooperative ownership.