Get Us In Front Of Your Group

Help us spread the Elk River Area Food Co-op Word


Get us in front of your group! We would love to come give a short presentation to any group, club or congregation you are a member of in the Elk River Area. [Including but not limited to: Otsego, Zimmerman, Big Lake, Ramsey, Anoka, or Rogers]

Lunch & Learns, Walk & Talks - whatever you want to call it. We want to come speak to your network of friends, coworkers and family members to build awareness on our co-op efforts! It doesn't have to be fancy, any group of any size at any venue is a possibility. This includes your home, office, church, favorite soccer field or coffee shop. There is no limits to the opportunities available. Our presentation is short and concise without skimping on the details. We'll give you the information you need while providing space and time for any questions you may have. Conversation is the most effective way of building our membership base thus getting our store opened sooner, rather than later!

Fill out the form below and we will contact you to set up a meeting day.

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Date you'd like to have the meeting
Date you'd like to have the meeting

Become a Partner


Becoming an Elk River Area Food Co-op Partner is simple and convenient.

By becoming a partner you are supporting the co-op vision and in turn helping us grow and achieve our goals. Become a member, decide what discounts you will provide the Elk River Area Food Co-op members, and actively promote the co-op efforts. In doing so, you gain free exposure through our website and an added costumer base. It’s a beautiful thing when small business’s support each other, unlock a whole new world of collaboration and become a partner today!


BENEFITS of PARTNERSHIP:

  • The Elk River Area Food Co-op will help promote your business on our Facebook, Website and in our Newsletter by providing information on discounts, member-only deals and industries best practices.
  • You are helping a grass roots effort to provide healthy, local, sustainably raised goods in YOUR community.
  • You will be added to our Co-op Partnership Book that is displayed out our events and classes, providing our community with your contact and business information.

PARTNERSHIP FORM

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Phone *
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What will you offer our members? 20% off case orders, free consultation, etc.
Please provide a brief description of your business, practice, vision and principles. What sets you apart?
How would you like consumers to contact you? E-mail, phone, in person, etc.
If you have any further questions or details you'd like to provide, please do so here.
 

THREE EASY STEPS TO PARTNERSHIP

STEP ONE: Become a member

  • In order to become a partner you must first become a member of the Elk River Area Food Co-op. As a member you become an owner in our community-supported business and are an integral asset in moving the co-op forward. A one-time investment of $100 will get you a handful of benefits. No annual fees or hidden costs, transparency is one of our values.
  • You can sign up online or mail in a membership form. The application takes less than 5 minutes with benefits available immediately!

STEP TWO: Decide what you will offer

  • The Elk River Area Food Co-op prides itself on supporting local! What do you have to offer? We want to help you grow your business as you help us grow ours. Decide what discount you will provide to our Food Co-op Member-Owners and we will add you to our growing list of community partnerships! That means free promotion and a whole new customer base.

STEP THREE: Spread the word

  • Proudly spread the co-op word. Let your customers know you have teamed up with the local co-op and tell them why! Share our posts, forward our newsletter, display our 'Proud Partnership Table Tent' at your check out counter. Word of mouth is the strongest form of promotion and it’s free, so talk about our efforts as often as you can. This not only helps the co-op gain visibility in the community but it allows you to promote your business and discounts.

 

 

 

Host a House Party

HOUSE PARTY INFORMATION

The Elk River Area Food Co-op understands the power of gathering people together. We believe that bringing people to the table to discuss an important issue, in a comfortable environment, is a great way to grow sustainable and durable support for the Elk River Area Food Co-op.



QUICK STEPS

  1. Contact us at elkriverfoodcoop@gmail.com and pick a date and location to hold your party
  2. Download the House Party Planning Guide  and begin inviting your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers
  3. Decide on some light snacks and beverages
  4. Once the day comes, a Co-op House Party Expert will set up a small table with information and answer any questions your guests may have.
  5. Celebrate your community and all the new connections being made!

HOST A PARTY

Hosting a house party is a great opportunity to bring your network of like-minded individuals together to answer questions about the co-op. The best part is you’re not in it alone – a trained volunteer will help you every step of the way. From planning and preparation, to the final celebration you will have support and guidance in order to host an informative, motivating, fun party.

Once you decide you want to host a house party, download the House Party Planning Guide  and contact us at elkriverfoodcoop@gmail.com. From there we will help you plan the details. Your job is to invite as many friends, family members, co-workers, and anyone else who will benefit from this amazing cause. Decide on a few snacks and beverages to have available, pick a date and let your trained Co-op House Party Expert do the heavy lifting. It doesn’t have to be fancy, we’re all about practicality. In the garage, at the kitchen table, or sitting in the living room – we don’t care where the parties at, we just want to bring people together!

House Parties have been extremely helpful in the growth of the Elk River Area Food Co-op and we look to our members to continue to promote our efforts and get the word out. Check your calendar and set your Elk River Area Food Co-op House Party date today!

 

Community Benefits

Watch this short ERtv Interview between the Elk River Area Food Co-op and our partners at Walker Farms in Princeton. We discuss the impact the co-op will have on local agriculture, individual consumers and the community as a whole. 

If you believe in our message, don't hesitate to join. The more members we gain, the sooner we open our doors!


Not only do our members benefit from the development of a co-op, but the community at large can reap the rewards of a locally owned and operated grocery store.

The Elk River Area Food Co-op is guided by a strong set of principles. Our vision is rooted in ethical business practices, building a cohesive community, increasing health education and awareness and obtaining fairly priced, high-quality foods. 


Economically:

Co-op's are dedicated to sourcing there food as close to home as possible. What that means is there is less environmental damage due to transportation costs. This also allows seasonality to be more accessible as local farmers are growing what is available with the current forecasts.  

Transparency

Co-op's are committed to working with neighborhood farmers in order to close the supplier/consumer gap and build a transparent relationship for all involved. That means you can trust the products and techniques used by the producers of the co-op. 

Social Equality:

Co-op's believe in providing fair wages to those that work for them; employees, producers, etc. What the translates to is fair prices for our costumers. Also, co-op's are democratically owned, meaning as a member you have a voice and vote on business decisions as they arise.

Building the Local Economy:

The money you spend stays close to home, your one-time membership fee fosters community growth. Plus, with local farmers as our main priority, you are supporting neighborhood friends instead of private investors.

Health Education & Awareness:

We believe healthy communities are happy communities. One of our leading principles is Health Education & Awareness, in which we provide resources, community classes, and guidance so you can feel supported in your wellness journey.
 
Community Connections:

Our vision is to connect our community in a time of disconnect. We want to provide the space and opportunity for like-minded people to come together in order to provide a brighter future for generations to come.


Elk River Area Food Co-op is a cooperative movement to bring the power back to the individual. What more could you ask for?

Our Partners

MEMBER BENEFITS

The Elk River Area Food Co-op has been working hard to connect the community in order for small businesses and our members benefit. In doing so, we have created a handful of partnerships that support both local economies and individual budgets. Until we open our doors, your membership investment unlocks these benefits and so much more!

Discounts are for Elk River Area Food Co-op Members only.
Please show your membership card to receive the discount.

 

Feel free to download and print your own Current Member Benefits Sheet.



BLIND SPOT CREATIVES – ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – WELLNESS

5% off Private Yoga Session
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Contact: Alyssa Johnson, 763-370-0438, Alyssa@BlindSpotCreatives.com


CAROLDON SOAP CO. – ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – WELLNESS

10% off five or more bars of handmade soap.
Contact: Carol 763-274-1692


CITY CENTER MARKET – CAMBRIDGE, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

5% monthly discount, case ordering, and monthly owner deals!


CHIROWAY– ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – WELLNESS

Initial visits at $29.00, including consultation, exam and adjustment. (Valued at $50)
Contact:Blake Bredeson, DC
Blake@ChiroWay.com, 877-442-4476 ext. 112


ELDERBERRY QUEEN – ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

10% off 24oz. jars of elderberry syrup.
Contact: Lindsey 612-481-4943
VisitElderberry Queen Facebook


FITNESS AND BEYOND – ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – WELLNESS

FREE – Personal training and nutrition consult
$100 of a 20 hour package of personal training
40% off a 30-day nutrition package
$2.00 Introductory Pound Fitness Class.
VisitFitness & Beyond Facebook
Register:  FITNESS REGISTRATION


FRESH SQUEEZE – OTSEGO, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

FREE WELLNESS SHOT with any purchase of $20.00 or more.
VisitFresh Squeeze Facebook


Home sweet honey llc – St. Francis, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

5% off all honey orders, including their amazing SPUN HONEY

Contact: Jade Warren at honey@homesweethoney.com, 612-801-0191
Visit: Home Sweet Honey LLC.


IRON SHOE FARM – PRINCETON, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

5-10% off micro greens & hydroponic vegetables, pasture raised beef, chicken and pork.
Contact: Carla Mertz at info@ironshoefarm.com or by phone 763-389-0111.


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LIVE.LOVE.OILS LLC – BIG LAKE, MINNESOTA – WELLNESS

10% off total wellness products including lotions, sprays, hand sanitizers, soy candles, cleaning products & more!

Contact: Kris Ruppelius at live.love.oils2016@gmail.com or by phone 763-482-9795.
Visit: Live. Love. Oils LLC


MOE THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE – ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – WELLNESS

New client discount of $15 off your 1st massage (60 or 90 min). Members of the co-op and their immediate family can also take advantage of 10% off any session and 10% off the purchase of any gift certificate (this cannot be combined with any other discount).
Contact: Luanne Moe-Moe, 763-441-0041


My Alaska Seafood COnnection – Dassel, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT


5% of profits on all high quality, sustainable, wild caught Alaskan Seafood goes to the Elk River Area Food Co-op.

Contact: Brandon Grochow, 907-299-6057, bgfreshfish@gmail.com
Visit: My Alaska Seafood Connection Facebook


OLIVE-A-DAY PLUS MORE – ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

5% off your entire purchase. Discount cannot be used with any other sales or specials.


PURE NATURE HONEY, LLC – BIG LAKE, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

$1.00 of any size jar of award winning pure, raw, local honey.
Contact: Aaron at astaehnke@hotmail.com, 612-508-4062
VisitPure Nature Honey, LLC Facebook.



SOARING TURTLE CREATIONS – ELK RIVER, MINNESOTA – CREATIVE CLOTHING

Receive 10% off your entire order of handmade clothing for kids and the whole family!
Contact: Christina, soaringturtlecreations@gmail.com
VisitSoaring Turtle Creations Facebook.


Pettit Pastures – Milaca, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

5% off any purchase of grass fed beef and/or pastured pork. Free delivery to Elk River and Surrounding Areas.

Contact: Jake Pettit, 612-401-6872, pettitpastures@gmail.com
Visit: www.pettitpastures.com


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Twin Birch Farms – nowthen, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

10% off free range/grass fed chicken and eggs. Non GMO, no soy, no pesticide, no herbicide supplemental feed. 

Contact: Jeff at jeffgenser@yahoo.com, call/text 763-528-0872


WALKER FARMS – PRINCETON, MINNESOTA – NOURISHMENT

5% off all meat products and eggs for $3.25/dozen (bi-weekly deliveries to Elk River)
Contact: Andy Walker, 320-339-3911, walkerfarms3406@yahoo.com.


 
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HELP US GROW

START BENEFITING

Board of Directors Application

BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPLICATION

The Elk River Area Food Co-op is governed by the Board of Directors who is elected by our owners. The Board’s role is to represent our members, to create and implement a vision for the co-op and develop policies that guide movement toward that vision. This is a “working” board. Directors are expected to assist with various tasks and/or needs, volunteer for at least two events throughout the year and attend monthly board meetings. Board directorship is an excellent way to participate in a dynamic and effective process that helps to support a successful cooperative venture.


Application Instructions

Once you have reviewed the attached documents [Board Member Expectations & Benefits of Board Service ], please complete the questions on this application in as much detail as possible. All interested persons are encouraged to apply.

Name *
Name
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Address *
Address
(Example: Are you good with Accounting? Business Planning? Communication? Teamwork and leadership? What is your background?)
Please honestly indicate how much time you can put into the Elk River Area Food Co-op *
It takes a lot of work to bring a community together. We are looking for individuals who not only have the passion, but the time and expertise, to promote the co-op efforts. Please honestly indicate which time range fits your schedule. All responsibilities are mere examples, roles will be co-developed with board and applicant approval. Please choose one time frame that best fits your schedule.
If you have additional comments, concerns or questions, please provide them here.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

Creating a co-op takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
The Elk River Area Food Co-op is growing
and we need volunteers to support our development. 
We are always looking for extra hands to help make the co-op a reality.


Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
I.e. one hour per week, two hours per month, one event per quarter, etc.
What Area Are You Most Interested In Helping With?
How would you like to help? *
Choose as many options as you'd like.

Our Vision


WE SUPPORT

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OUR MISSION

The Elk River Area Food Co-op is a member-owner organization dedicated to providing access to high quality, local, natural and organic food at a fair price, supporting local farmers, and contributing economically to the community.


OUR VALUES

Co-op’s put people in front of profit. That means we rely heavily on ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsiblity, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. The Elk River Area Food Co-op is dedicated to providing it’s community with safe, ethically-treated, sustainable, healthy, trustworthy products by working closely with our suppliers!

DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE CO-OP VISION?
DO YOU VALUE HIGH QUALITY, SUSTAINABLY RAISED,
HEALTHY FOOD?
DO YOU WANT TO STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY?


Our Principles


THE CO-OP DIFFERENCE

Co-op's are different, and we're proud of it. We follow seven principles that help us stand out of a crowd. Cooperation isn't a fad, it's a lifestyle.
Learn them, love them, live them.


 

VOLUNTARY & OPEN MEMBERSHIP

 

 

 

DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL

 

 

 

MEMBER ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION

 

 

AUTONOMY & INDEPENDENCE

 


EDUCATION, TRAINING & INFORMATION

 

 



COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES

 


 


CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY


Anyone is welcome to join the co-op! Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, with open membership enrollment free of gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. With a one-time investment you unlock a lifetime of benefits while also supporting your local community and healthy food systems.

Our members are our owners. They vote who becomes a part of our Board of Directors and help decide other policies and business decisions as they arise. The Elk River Area Food Co-op has equal voting rights meaning one member, one vote.
 

Members contribute equitably to the capital of their co-op. Members are what make the co-op possible, it is their investment and commitment that provide the business with buying power. When the ERA Food Co-op becomes profitable, it’s members get to decide whether they reinvest in the co-op or take their dividends home.


Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members.

 

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
 

Co-op Principle Six is Cooperation Among Cooperatives. Cooperatives serve their Owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures. You are more successful when you cooperate with others who know how to cooperate.


Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members-putting people in front of profit!


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Our Story

OUR STORY

IT ALL STARTED WITH AN IDEA INSPIRED BY A VOID...

Two local woman were tired of running around from store-to-store to purchase healthy, organic and local foods. They began researching co-op’s and through a marketing feasibility study found that a food co-op is exactly what the Elk River Area is looking for.

 

THE SEED WAS PLANTED &
THE ELK RIVER AREA FOOD CO-OP WAS BORN....

Though we are still in the start up stages [with no physical location], we are dedicated to creating a space where the community can come together and fill their carts with trustworthy, reliable, safe, ethically treated, sustainably-just products. Since that first conversation in 2013, the Elk River Area Food Co-op has incorporated and grown to over 260 member-owners with a seven person Board of Directors. We’ve been in the newspaper, learning at the conferences and holding education classes. Though we don’t have a brick and mortar at the moment, we do provide our members with amazing benefits. With 14 local partnerships (and growing) you can get discounts on fresh greens, affordable meats, home delivered eggs, hand-made soaps, fitness motivation and so much more! As a member you also receive discounts on all of our community classes.

HELP US GROW

AND REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

As the co-op grows, so does our community.
The money you spend stays in your economy and strengthens our neighborhoods. The only way we are going to open our doors is by building a strong membership foundation. Building a strong membership base proves to us, and our potential lenders, that the community values the co-op vision.

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

 How do you become a member? All it takes is a one time investment of $100.00. Yes, one-hundred flat. There is no annual fees or hidden costs, we believe in transparency. Once you join you unlock a whole new world of local benefits; both on an individual and communal level. To learn more check out our membership page.

Can’t financially support the co-op? No problem. Sign up to volunteer and get involved. Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with co-op events and classes! We are growing our co-op family and welcome anyone who is interested in healthy, sustainable living practices.