We all work a little and get a lot

Greene Hill working member-owners with our new landlord (center) at 1083 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Greene Hill working member-owners with our new landlord (center) at 1083 Fulton Street, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.


We are a food co-operative based in Brooklyn, New York, serving the communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and beyond. 

We are a 100% working co-op — all member-owners contribute, at least two and a half hours of work every four weeks (13 times a year). In return, we gain a strong sense of community and enjoy prices that are significantly lower than for-profit grocery stores. We are one of only a few such food co-ops in the U.S., all located in Brooklyn, the largest being the Park Slope Food Coop.

Our mission is to have a positive impact on our community in every way possible.

We value the spirit of democratic cooperation in which each individual has a voice, and each member-owner works to support the Co-op. We strive to offer a range of local, affordable, organic, and sustainable food and household products. As neighbors, we strive to reflect the community in which we live, and we actively work to ensure that the Co-op is accessible to all. We seek to develop the Co-op as an ethical entity, using transparent and socially responsible buying and selling practices.

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Our principles were voted on by Greene Hill members at a general meeting:

We value the spirit of cooperation and a democratic process, in which each individual has a voice, and each member-owner works to support the co-op.

We strive to offer a range of local, sustainable, organic, and affordable food.

As neighbors, we strive to reflect the community in which we live and we actively work, and to ensure that the Co-op is accessible to all.

We seek to develop the Co-op as an ethical entity, using transparent and socially responsible buying and selling practices.

Our Food Co-op

A 100% working food co-op isn’t just a grocery store—it’s a consumer-owned, cooperative business. This means that each member-owner has an equal voice in how the business is run and managed. Unlike conventional grocery stores, our co-op isn’t out to turn a profit for the benefit of absentee stockholders. We aim to provide maximum value for all of our shareholders: our member-owners who are invested in the Co-op.

Greene Hill Food Co-op is unique in that we are one of the few 100% working food co-ops in the USA. (There are several in other countries.) This means that every member-owner shops, and in return contributes two and a half hours minimum every four weeks to keep the store stocked and running; or participates in one of our committees; and can attend General Meetings, held three times a year.

Member-owner labor keeps prices affordable, and allows us to be actively engaged with our community and the farmers and vendors with whom we do business. Any profits are reinvested back into the store.

Our member-owners who live in Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and beyond have invested in Greene Hill Food Co-op. More New Yorkers are joining every day!

"All members make an one time investment in our 100% working food co-op. Currently hundreds of individuals are member-owners of Greene Hill Food Co-op"

— DK Holland, member-owner and co-founder.


We’re so excited to welcome our new General Manager Willa to the Greene Hill Co-op family. Willa’s passions for nature, social justice, and cooperatives are just a few things that led her on the path to our Co-op community.

Q: Where are you from and how did you find yourself here in this corner of Brooklyn?

A: I’m from Southern Maine and grew up on my mother’s permi-homestead where minimalism, living outside as much as possible, contributing to building community and revering nature was the natural fit. My love for the outdoors and permaculture inspired me to invest my time into exploring one hike after another, snowshoe excursions, always on the lookout for epic mountain vistas, wild food foraging, birding, and so on. I became especially drawn to climbing mountains; they challenge me, reward me and most importantly require the utmost respect from me. I combined my love for nature and food, and studied food policy and international development in a rural town in Northern Maine. My most memorable moments in graduate school included guiding backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail and wwoofing. Before moving to New York I was working on diversity and inclusion initiatives in higher education, which was fulfilling, but I needed a new canvas to explore. I wanted to work on community-driven food — and Brooklyn met the standard.

Q: How did you discover the Co-op?

A: I first heard about Greene Hill at the Park Slope Food Co-op, and then discovered that Greene Hill’s old location was around the corner from my apartment in Bed-Stuy.

Q: What attracted you to the general manager position and co-op models in general?

A: As long as I can remember, my family and basically everyone I knew growing up were part of a food buyers club. According to my mother, this way of shopping made the most sense for working-class folks and anyone who loathes big agriculture and supermarket chains. The idea of members of a community — not outside investors — working together to meet the needs of their community, along with the spirit of cooperation, sustainability, ethical sourcing, community ownership, strong farm-to-store relationships, and deep gratitude toward farmers are all aspects of the model I value. The general manager position combines my experiences, skills and love for social justice, sustainability, and project management, with my active lifestyle, creative nature and appreciation for community building, into this awesome role.

Q: What do you like about working at the Co-op so far? Is there anything you’re looking forward to here?

A: I really love how warm, vibrant, and interesting the community is. It’s diverse and filled with great storytellers, artists, co-op kids, educators and more. It’s been a blast meeting everyone and collecting members’ visions for the Co-op. I am super-impressed and inspired by how dedicated members are, and how tirelessly committee members work to support my role, working members, and the sustainability of the store. I look forward to meeting all member-owners, growing with the community, and supporting the successful expansion of the business.


Our Board of Directors

The Greene Hill Food Co-op Board plays an active role in the business and operations of the store and its programs. Directors shop at the store, attend the Co-op’s monthly general meetings, serve individually as liaisons to the Co-op’s member committees, participate in long-term project planning, and are available in emergency matters.

Board members are elected by the Co-op community at large; the roles of president, secretary, and treasurer are held in compliance with New York Cooperative Corporations Law and do not reflect a hierarchical structure within the Board or the Co-op community. All Co-op matters are decided by the Co-op membership through majority vote.

Collectively, the Board of Directors upholds the bylaws of the Co-op and seeks to foster a welcome environment for current and potential members. You can reach all directors by emailing board@greenehillfood.coop.


Lindsay Reichart

Merchandise and Membership

Lindsay Reichart is a former General Manager of Greene Hill Food Co-op. Currently, she assists Willa, buys and strategizes our produce program, and works on all things design-build at the Co-op. She is a design researcher and project manager with a focus on sustainability and food systems. Lindsay played an integral part in our transition from Co-op-in-distress to carrying forward a focused, constructive and realistic effort to relocate by proposing Greene Hill 2.0, finding a space, and leading the transition period. As the previous General Manager of the store, she brings a vast knowledge of store operations to the table. Her goals are to make the Co-op a thriving sustainable business accessible by all. Lindsay is the liason to the Merchandising and Membership committees.


Matthew Talmage

Governance and Marketing

Matthew Talmage has been a member of the Co-op since 2011. He's helped set up infrastructure for in-store shift positions and scheduling, and was integral to the Co-op's 2018 relocation. As a Board member, he collaborates with similar organizations, like the Central Brooklyn Food Co-op, to help ensure the long-term success of Greene Hill.

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Ahmad Shaibani

Outreach and Human Resources

Ahmad Shaibani was voted onto the board shortly after the store's relocation. He is the board liaison to Marketing and Outreach committees, and informs the board about their intersection and individual works. The work of Marketing and Outreach, as it relates to the board, includes positioning the store to be more accessible to members and neighbors, networking with local community-based organizations, and developing on-going strategies to improve our store environment. As a former store coordinator, Ahmad brings an experience-tested intuition to the labor and operations of the store. He is an urban planner and graduate of nearby Pratt Institute.

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Ray Jowdy

Finance and IT

I am a Production manager in the television commercial industry who has lived in Clinton Hill for the past 18 years. I have been a member since the 2018 fundraiser, when co-op member Rae Ishee invited me to bid on a membership. Upon joining, I noticed there was a need for shift leaders, so I went directly into that role after being trained by board members Chris and Matthew. As a freelancer, I occasionally had periods of extra time off and I used those times to volunteer for extra shifts when the store first opened in its new location. I found that the members were wonderful to work with and I learned something on each shift, whether I was cashiering, covering the floor, or coordinating a weekend shift.I decided to become a board member in order to help the co-op thrive. I strongly believe in our mission of creating an ethical and community-minded business as an alternative to stores that are driven mostly, if not solely, by the need for profit.My focus will be on making the co-op both financially sound and well-operated.


Visit Greene Hill Food Co-op

1083 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11238
(between Classon & Claver Pl.)

Subway: C/S train to Franklin Ave. & G train to Classon
Buses: B25, B26, B48, & B52

Accessibility: there is a one-step entrance into the building. The Co-op keeps a portable ramp near the front door and our members are happy to assist anyone who needs assistance entering the building.
(718) 208-4778


Store Hours

Monday–Friday: 3:00pm–9:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am–6:00pm


We accept cash, ATM cards, personal checks and SNAP (EBT) at our store for payment.

Store Closings

January 1 – New Year’s Day
May 1 – International Workers Day
May 27 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
September 2 – Labor Day
October 1 – Annual Inventory Count Day
November 28 – Thanksgiving Day
December 25 – Christmas Day

The co-op will close early (7pm) on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, December 24th, and December 31st.

All committees are listed on the Committees page.

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