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What is a Co-op?

Every dollar that is spent at Kodiak Harvest goes right back into supporting our store, our staff, our community partnerships, and our local farmers and producers. When you shop at Kodiak Harvest, you are making a commitment to strengthen our community.


A Co-op is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Cooperatives make business decisions based on their values. Self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity and solidarity are the guiding values that forward cooperative organizations. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative owners believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others. 


Kodiak Harvest is part of a larger, international community of Co-ops that are an important force for economic democracy. There are consumer Co-ops (food, housing, rural electric power, credit unions), producer Co-ops (farming, fishing) and worker Co-ops (carpenters, mechanics). There are Co-ops for housing, daycare, health care, farm supplies, insurance, tourism, and more. 


Co-ops around the world are guided by seven principles by which they put their values into practice:

Voluntary Ownership

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of ownership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.


At Kodiak Harvest, everyone is welcome to become an owner. We are consider a variety of options to assist with paying your equity, and you can cancel your ownership with a full refund at any time.

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