Co-ops work because they are driven by both economic and social concerns. They are community-based organizations that care about the needs of their members and the quality of life in their communities.
What is a co-op?
A co-operative is an organization owned by the members that use its services. They are organized to serve their member needs and are focused on generating member benefits rather than returns for investors.
By The Bushel: Our co-op operates as a producer/employee/consumer not-for-profit share co-operative. By the Bushel Community Food Co-op is a social enterprise, balancing the triple bottom for people, the planet, and profit.
The affairs of the Co-operative are governed by and conducted in accordance with the Co-operative Corporations Act of Ontario http://www.ontario.coop/
Why a co-op? Listen in on our conversation with Trent Radio’s Town Crier: Mauricio Interiano
“Cultivating a sustainable food community from the ground up”
Statements of Purpose
The purpose of By the Bushel Community Food Cooperative is to take a leading role in developing a local sustainable food system in the Peterborough Area using the co-operative model.
Following the 7 Co-operative Principles
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Members’ Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Co-operation among Co-operatives
- Concern for Community