This year marks the 40 year anniversary of our local Co-op. What once began as the Organ Mountain Cooperative, has since changed it's name and image, but not it's message. There are many reasons why this organization has stayed true to it’s bottom line values, and this blog series will touch on those individuals. Such as: the long-time Member-Owners, who have helped support and promote the cooperative ideals through involvement and outreach; Our employees have been full supporters of the cooperative model and have continued to work at other food Co-ops around the country; The group of individuals who we lovingly refer to as “Co-op Kids” whom are people, often employees, that spent some of their childhood inside the Co-op; And the original buying group that was formed in the mid-1970s, whose vision changed the way that Las Cruces shopped for health food.
Over the last 40 years, the Co-op employees have volunteered and worked hard to keep this store up and running on a day-to-day basis. The consistent trend among most of our employees is the belief in the Cooperative model. Even though some of our employees have moved out of town, they still believe in the co-op enough to continue employment with their local co-op. Jennifer was excited to discuss her love and support of the cooperative model.
Jennifer was employed at MVM for over a year as our Outreach Coordinator, and recently had to relocate to Seattle, WA. She has been employed at the Central Co-op for the last 4 months. She and I discussed why she wanted to continue working for a Co-op when she moved, and here is what she had to say:
"It's empowering and rewarding to feel that sense of responsibility to work hard for the business you own. You want your business to be successful, your customers to have an exceptional experience, and those you work with to feel that you're always working as a team toward a common goal. You're always looking for new ways to contribute, and you embrace change because it can take the cooperative to a whole new level. Before working at Mountain View Market, I didn't know that cooperatives existed. Thanks to Mountain View Market, I am now a strong supporter of the cooperative model, and it's made me a more conscious consumer. I love knowing by supporting cooperative businesses, the money that I spend supports the local economy, a living wage, and a more sustainable future" .
Thank you Jennifer, for supporting and believing in the cooperative business model!