Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 10.06.40 PMOur latest membership drive, “31 Members in 31 Days”, is happening in conjunction with the celebration of National Co-op Month. We are encouraging YOU, as member-owners, to rally up, share with your friends and neighbors why you joined the co-op and help boost our membership.

As a member-owner, this venture is yours ours. We collectively share the vision of a community owned grocery store that offers locally sourced food and products, strengthens our local economy, provides quality jobs and serves as a hub of our diverse community.

Cooperatively owned businesses are not a new idea. Today, the majority of businesses are either indepently or corporately owned. However, history tells us that some of the first businesses formed were by a group of people, with a common need, working together to meet that need… in other words, a COOPERATIVE.

An excellent way to distinguish a cooperatively owned business from others is their dedication to the 7 Cooperative Principles. These define how a co-op functions and what makes it different from other business models.

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

Take a few moments and consider these principles.

What do they mean to you?

Think about how you’ll share what is important to you as encourage others to join and help us reach “31 in 31”.


Jeff Allen
Kitsap Community Food Co-op

Jeff Allen


31 in 31: We are Different… In a Cooperative Way