A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united
voluntarily to meet common economic, social, and cultural needs and
aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled
There are four primary types of cooperatives: producer, worker,
consumer, and marketing/shared services co-ops. The type of co-op
indicates who owns and therefore, democratically controls the business.
Wolfeboro Community Food Cooperative, like most cooperatively owned
food stores in the U.S., is organized as a consumer co-op, meaning that
the people who purchase goods and services from the co-op, own the
co-op. Consumers govern their co-op through an owner-elected Board of
Directors that is ultimately responsible for the co-opís affairs.
Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help,
self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the
tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical
values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for