Sometimes co-ops are organized by groups of workers who want to own a business together. Sometimes they are designed by consumers who want better and broader choices for what kinds of products they buy. And some co-ops are made up of producers – farmers, for example – who, by combining their output, can reach customers more efficiently, economically, and ecologically.
The MARSH Diner model is a combination of all three co-op models. Shares can be purchased by anyone who wants to be a worker-owner, consumer-owner, or producer-owner and some members will be all three. Everyone can purchase their groceries from the most extensive catalog of bulk and natural products available (UNFI). Everyone will have a vote on by-laws, amendments, and leadership. Everyone will be eligible to schedule kitchen use (outside of regular diner hours) and make proposals for use of the gathering/performance space. Because workers, consumers, and producers are working together, everyone benefits from the meals and baked goods produced in the kitchen and the produce from local farms and gardens: worker-owners and producers have a ready market for their products, consumers have access to restaurant-quality and quantity-priced products, and the community has a fair-wage diner with locally-grown ingredients and a healthy cooperative economy that supports regenerative agricultural practices.
If you are interested in hearing more, please join us at one or both of the following planning meetings:
Workers-Owned Cooperative Diner meeting: Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Consumer-Owned Food Cooperative Open House: Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.