We are a food co-op

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

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

 

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 a one time investment in our 100% working food coop. Currently over 500 individuals are vested in Greene Hill Food Co-op"

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

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The co-op is seeking a full-time General Manager. See our full job description and apply here.

 
 

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.

 
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Cecile Arnaud-Gbongbro

Clinton Hill resident Cecile Arnaud-Gbongbro has been a member of the Greene Hill Food Co-op since 2012 and a member of Park Slope’s co-op since 2009. On the French Mediterranean shore where she is from, cooperatives are commonplace, so Cecile grew up familiar with the positive influence of such enterprises on the individual and community. A lover of plants and gardening, Cecile brings to the Co-op Board a commitment to cultivate a sense of belonging among the community at large.

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Christopher Gollmar

Chris Gollmar is an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn. Since 2014, Greene Hill is where he buys most of his groceries, and is a place for him to connect with folks who share values around food, justice, and labor. Having broken bread with Co-opers in Oberlin, Madison, and Durham, Chris has experience building consensus within cooperative organizations, and nurturing a culture of transparency and member empowerment and engagement.

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Matthew Talmage

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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Christina Travers

Christina Travers is a founding member of the Greene Hill Food Co-op. After a a four-year hiatus, she is back and ready serve as a Board member! Christina is the Vice President for Capital Strategies and Treasurer of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national non-profit that equips struggling communities with the capital, strategy and know-how to become places where people can thrive. Christina is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, completing her service in Zambia, Africa. During her tenure in Zambia, she was charged with providing education on nutrition, food security and aquaculture in a rural village. Christina lives in Bed-Stuy with her pug, Bobo, and is an avid gardener.

 

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