Sail Along With Our Strategic Planning Process
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As a member-owned food co-op, we see ourselves as part of a growing network of cooperatives and non-profits building community resilience and increasing access to local, healthy food. This summer we turned four years old and as we enter our adolescent stage, we know that charting a clear course for where we want to be in the future is an important next step for our co-op.
Libi Geddes, Board Vice President, Strategic Planning Committee Chair
Update - August 15, 2018
This spring we launched a Strategic Planning Process at our Annual Meeting, with over fifty member-owners gathered to give input into questions such as:
- Where would you like to see the Co-op in 10 years?
- What would make the co-op work better for you as a grocery store?
- What do you want us to be known for?
- What is something you want more of in the community?
One of the themes that came out of the Annual Meeting was growth. Member-owners were interested in expanding our operations to be able to bring more healthy food to our community and make it easier to shop. There was also discussion of reducing waste, strengthening community connectivity, and building our local food system and local economy.
Since then, our Board of Directors has been spending most of their board meetings discussing what is on the horizon, and in August we launched our 2018 member shopper survey. This year’s survey contains the usual questions along with a special section specifically to get member input related to potential growth and expansion of our co-op. We really appreciate you taking the time to respond! Your input is essential to driving the priorities of your locally owned, democratically governed food cooperative. Let your voice be heard!
August 24, 2018
One of the primary responsibilities of your Co-op’s Board of Directors is to establish long-range goals for the organization. Over the next several months, we will be gathering information to help us chart the course forward. In addition to filling out your member shopper survey, please stop by the store and add your ideas to our Vision Board! And bring along your out-of-town guests to let them see what a cool little co-op we’ve got here on the island, to nourish our local farmers and our local community!