Membership

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE CO-OP VISION?
DO YOU VALUE HIGH QUALITY, SUSTAINABLY RAISED, HEALTHY FOOD?
DO YOU WANT TO STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY?

BECOME A MEMBER OWNER TODAY!


Anyone can shop at the store but the co-op needs members to provide a financial foundation for the store. Members are the owners and without owners, the Elk River Area Food Co-op cannot open.

Owners provide community support for the co-op. Their investment in buying a share and their involvement makes the co-op possible. By becoming a member you get a say in who is elected to our Board of Directors and other business decisions as they arise. Owners will receive patronage refunds when the co-op becomes profitable along with owner-only discounts and coupons – currently we have 10 partnerships to benefit from!

By becoming a member you can feel good knowing your commitment to the co-op vision is going to help support local farmers, local economies, and provide trust-worthy, healthy, sustainably raised food.


 Joining is Easy:
Three Steps

Becoming a member of Elk River Area Food Co-Op is quick and easy.
Plus, it’s rewarding to know you are supporting the co-op you value.


Step One – Fill out a membership form

  • For your convenience, there are two simple ways to fill out a membership form:
    • MAIL IT: Download, complete, and mail the membership form with your one-time membership fee of $100 by check, credit card or cash. Membership Form
      • Mail to:
        Elk River Food Co-op
        PO Box 64
        Elk River, Minnesota 55330
    • ONLINE REGISTRATION: Complete the Online Membership Registration Form. Once you complete the online form, it will redirect you to PayPal to complete the payment portion of your registration. You will receive confirmation of your online registration once payment is completed.

Step Two – Begin Benefiting

  • As soon as your payment is received and your membership form is complete you will begin benefiting as an Elk River Area Food Co-op Member-Owner! That means you get local business discounts, education class discounts, and peace of mind being apart of the growing ERA Food Co-op Community!
  • As a member you will receive:
    • Knowledge that you are supporting the development of a local business dedicated to improving access to fresh, local food and enhancing our community’s quality of life.
    • A car decal so you can proudly promote your co-op.
    • Our co-op newsletter emailed monthly.
    • Peace of mind knowing you are helping build our community and local economy.
    • A yearly rebate when the co-op achieves profitability

Step Three – Spread The Word & Get Involved

By becoming a member you are also an investor and owner, meaning you are a huge asset in the growth and development of the ERA Food Co-op! It’s your responsibility to proudly promote the co-op and aid in it’s progress. The more people who know about the co-op, the more members we gain, the sooner we can lock down a storefront and start building your convenient one-stop-shop grocery store.

Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • Tell your friends. The more they know, the more likely they are to join the co-op movement!
  • Host a house party
  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
  • Attend co-op education classes and promote our events to your network of friends & family.
  • Attend meetings or join a committee
  • Volunteer at events and classes

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