I am happy to be a coop member-owner because it institutionalizes my values and goals to live locally and sustainably. I remember these values by my pnuemonic phrase-mantra: I value CASH choices being LOVE. This mantra guides the many choices I make on a daily basis while being grounded in my values.
You may be asking, how does the co-op institutionalize these values? My participation in our Farmer Market Wednesdays is a great example to illustrate how this choice is related to the works of the co-op while being perfectly aligned with my values!
C – EVERY wed BEING
A – window for pick up is 4 to 7p L – 4mi bike ride/60mi transport
S – volunteer based operation O – Be Wise Ranch, CCOF
H – fresh produce = max nutrients V – health and happiness = vibrant living
CHOICES E – BYOBag & locally sourced
The beauty doesn’t stop there though! The heirloom tomatoes are so delicious that I buy them in copious amounts and am often inspired to implement new habits like blanching my own tomatoes instead of buying canned whole peeled tomatoes. The money I spend to purchase the fresh produce not only nourishes me and empowers me to minimize toxic exposure (like that from BPA lined cans), but it also supports a local farm while minimizing the carbon footprint to transport the produce. It’s a sustainable train of choices and habits that never ends. Come on board and join the sustainable train I like to call the co-op. “Coop, coooooooop!”