You’re in! You get it and want to become an owner of the Hudson Cooperative Grocery. It’s easy, just click on the link below. Thank you!
We need you! There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for owners willing to help make our co-op a reality.
Grocery cooperatives are owned by the people who shop at the store, and are created through the efforts of volunteers. Before the doors can open, HGC needs to have 1000 owners! You can help reach this goal in several ways:
Hudson Grocery Cooperative proposes opening a community owned grocery store in an attempt to bring many of these grocery dollars back home to Hudson. HGC will serve not only the Hudson community, but the surrounding communities as well.
In addition to proving groceries to the community, HGC will grow the local food market by providing consumers a consistent source for locally produced goods, encouraging nearby family farms and independent businesses to sell products close to home, and partnering with other local food-based businesses to source local products. We will provide area farmers, including those who sell direct at Hudson farmers markets, through Community Supported Agriculture, and/or by subscription, a secondary market to vend their products. Because our cooperative is focused more on creating a healthy and sustainable local foods system and less on generating the largest profit possible, we have the flexibility to purchase items from many small vendors rather than one large, cost-efficient outfit.
HGC is owned and run by the people who want to shop at the store. Each owner purchases four shares of stock in the cooperative, making a one-time investment of $80. Owners elect a Board of Directors annually to determine how the cooperative should be run. At this early stage in our development, owners provide significant input regarding how HGC can best serve the needs of its owners and the larger community. Some ideas already proposed include having a bakery, offering a commercial kitchen for rent or for classes, and partnering with farmers markets to co-host monthly winter farmers markets. The next two years will be spent building our owner base and listening to what the community wants out of a downtown store. By the time the doors to our store open, we hope to have 1000 owners, with 1000 voices participating in governance.
As a forward-thinking community, it’s time to bring a grocery cooperative to Hudson. The Hudson Grocery Cooperative will not only be convenient, but a signature organization representative of our community’s values.
Food cooperatives provide members with locally grown products that are consistently fresh and healthy. As food lingers on shelves in a typical grocery store it loses nutritional value. Cooperatives stock the freshest food possible which has a positive impact on your health.
The less miles your food has to travel to reach your purchase destination the better it is for the environment. Think about it. Less miles travelled = Less pollution from transport vehicles.
Whenever possible food is not stored in plastic, cardboard or plastic at a food cooperative. This reduces waste and directly impacts our carbon footprint. Who doesn’t think that’s a good thing?
Food cooperatives buy directly from farmers so the markup typically experienced at grocery stores does not exist. You’re supporting your local farmers while also supplying jobs in our community when our cooperative is a true storefront.
Food cooperatives are about bringing our community together. Meet the growers of your food, volunteer and meet your neighbors while supporting local business and each other.
We need your help to make this co-op a reality! Whether you are interested in committing to serving on a committee until the doors open, or can help out with a single event, your help is appreciated and needed!
Volunteer in September at the Spirit of St. Croix Art Fair. It’s a fun way to meet, chat and catch up with your neighbors.
Have a flair for marketing, public relations or graphic design? Our Marketing and Communications Committee would love to have you!
Are numbers your thing? Check out the Finance and Fundraising Committee.
Super organized? The Ownership and Volunteer Committee would like to meet you.