SHARES IN THE FOOD CO-OP NOW AVAILABLE!
Buy low-cost, organic, natural, and local groceries through the food co-op!
More info for prospective diner worker-owners and food producers/sellers below.
TO JOIN THE FOOD CO-OP:
1) DOWNLOAD FORM: MARSH COOPERATIVE Sign up and EMAIL FORM TO: email@example.com
2) PAY ONLINE HERE
1) DOWNLOAD FORM: MARSH COOPERATIVE Sign up
2) MAIL FORM with a check (make Payable to “Spark for the Arts, Inc.”) to: MARSH 6917 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111
If you are able to subsidize a share for someone else, please DONATE the amount through Spark for the Arts d.b.a. MARSH: PayPal Giving Fund (fully tax deductible donation). If you would like to request a subsidy, please e-mail us directly.
SHARES ARE $100 for access to food buying, selling, kitchen use, voting, and all other benefits. Subsidized shares are available. 1 SHARE = 1 vote and the ability to participate as a consumer, producer, and/or worker. Shares are owned for life (if the shareholder wishes to leave the co-op, the share amount is fully reimbursed).
Please feel free to e-mail us with any questions.
As a life-art laboratory, MARSH is designing an insurgent food system that creatively considers and values labor, land, and socio-political intra-action. Through this food system, humxns work together to re-orient the ways in which we work, eat, produce food, and support one another; we reduce our ecological footprint, we involve the sources of our food in our choices about what and how we consume/produce, we share profits and construct adaptive labor systems for and by ourselves and our communities.
The structural elements of MARSH’s food system are integrated:
MARSH Co-operative Food System members may be consumer-owners, worker-owners, producer owners, or any combination thereof. All members purchase a lifetime, refundable share for $100 (subsidies available), participate democratically in cooperative decision-making, elect board representatives, receive information about social and cultural events occurring at or in association with MARSH, have the opportunity to work for discounts, and, in the case of worker-owners, share in any profits.
Worker-owners are chefs, cooks, and food service staff who earn a wage to operate the MARSH Diner and/or sell their products through the consumer cooperative. They are owners of the diner enterprise, make decisions collaboratively about the menu and schedule, order ingredients through the food co-op, work together to develop products, pop-ups, and events, and share any profits, which are based on contributed hours. WE ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVING NEW WORKER-OWNERS. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying to become a worker-owner.
Any individuals, families, and organizations who wish to access low-cost local, organic, and natural foods are invited to join the MARSH Food Co-op. Co-op consumer-owners may also use the licensed kitchen to hold pop-ups and events and prepare food. Co-op owners who wish to sell their own products (vegetables and herbs from home and community gardens, prepared foods, baked goods, beauty products, etc.) through the co-op or diner will be considered producer-owners, receiving the same benefits as worker-owners and consumer-owners (one share=one vote, representative elected to the board). Small farms and local food businesses may also join the food co-op, supplying both the diner and the consumer co-op.
All members buy a life-time share in the co-op for $100 and make decisions collectively. Subsidized shares are available and some owner-members may choose to provide free shares to others. SHARES ARE AVAILABLE. Email email@example.com OR fill out the form (above) to join.
When cooperative owners leave the cooperative for any reason, their shares are returned/reimbursed.