Rising Tide is a cooperatively owned business, governed by its member-owners. Rising Tide operates for the mutual benefit of all member-owners. When people need something they can’t get easily or at a reasonable cost, they can start a co-op to get it. Cooperation is a powerful tool to help communities meet local needs.
Co-ops cultivate sustainable development on a human scale, and provide consumers with housing, health care, day care, elder services, electricity and even banking services (credit unions) as well as food. International Cooperative Principles guide co-ops to get these products and build connections with producers and vendors.
Thanks to those efforts we have a thriving organic and natural food industry. Food co-ops are changing the way Americans look at food and farming.
Co-op Member-Owners have certain rights and responsibilities such as:
- Electing the Board of Directors
- Reviewing reports on financial performance at the annual meeting and in the newsletter
- Running for the Board of Directors (unless employed by the co-op)
- Voting for changes in the articles and bylaws as proposed by the Board of Directors
- Attending Board meetings
- Participating in occasional member surveys