Our Vision

Our Mission

The Elk River Area Food Co-op is a member-owner organization dedicated to providing access to high quality, local, natural and organic food at a fair price, supporting local farmers, and contributing economically to the community.

Our Values

Co-op’s put people in front of profits. That means we rely heavily on ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsiblity, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. The Elk River Area Food Co-op is dedicated to providing it’s community with safe, ethically-treated, sustainable, healthy, trustworthy products by working closely with our farmers!

Guiding Principles

Voluntary and Open Membership

Anyone is welcome to join the co-op! Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, with open membership enrollment free of gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. With a one-time investment you unlock a lifetime of benefits while also supporting your local community and healthy food systems.

Democratic Member Control

Our members are our owners. They vote who becomes a part of our Board of Directors and help decide other policies and business decisions as they arise. The ERA Food Co-op has equal voting rights meaning one member, one vote.

Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to the capital of their co-op. Members are what make the co-op possible, it is their investment and commitment that provide the business with buying power. When the ERA Food Co-op becomes profitable, it’s members get to decide whether they reinvest in the co-op or take their dividends home.

Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members.

Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Co-op Principle Six is Cooperation Among Cooperatives. Cooperatives serve their Owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures. You are more successful when you cooperate with others who know how to cooperate.

Concern for Community

Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members-putting people in front of profit!