Why A Co-Op?

The Greater Schenectady Community needs the Electric City Co-op.

The Electric City Co-op will be community-owned and will be a one-stop grocery market featuring bulk foods. It will provide full-time, permanent access to local, fresh foods and products. The Co-op will be the only co-op in the Schenectady region that exclusively offers local, sustainably-produced foods and products. It will be the only natural foods store in all of Schenectady County.

The Co-op will feature farmers who are producing their food and can show how they are producing it – whether meats and dairy are pastured, whether the eggs are from free-range chickens, and whether the fruits and vegetables are no-spray, pesticide-free or organic.

Learn more about how co-ops support their community below:

“There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom. We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else. The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition. One reason to eat responsibly is to live free.” – Wendell Berry

If you are old enough to remember the 1970s, you know that it was a time when social responsibility was at the fore. This decade saw the creation of over 10,000 cooperative food markets in the United States. They were small-scale, owner-operated, democratically run purveyors of locally grown food from small scale producers. People were saying “No” to corporate groceries and the unhealthy practices that sustained them. (Social History of the United States, Volume 1 By Brian Greenberg, Linda S. Watts)