What's A CO-OP?

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 business. 

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 others.