Co-op Membership


The Putney Co-op is a vital community asset. Member participation is integral to our health as an organization. If you love to shop here, please become a member!

Putney Co-op Ends: “Because of all that we do, Putney will have an inspiring and sustainable community marketplace, benefiting members and stakeholders.”

Individual shares are $75 — we will happily split your share payment into 3 installments. Speak to our Membership Coordinator for more information by calling (802)387-5866 x. 110.

Two ways to sign up:
1 – In the store — Ask any Cashier for a New Member form. Submit the completed form with your equity payment.
2- Print out our Membership Form and drop it in the mail with a check for your $75 equity payment, made out to:
Putney Food Co-op
attn: New Members
PO Box 730

Putney, VT 05346

We will process your membership and mail your card within 7-12 business days. If you have any questions, email our Membership Coordinator.

Here are some of the benefits we offer to our members:

-Voting rights at the annual meeting
-10% off on pre-ordered products by the case
-Patronage Dividend Check based on purchases
-Free Putney Co-op Canvas tote
-Ownership in a socially responsible local business that cycles your shopping dollars back into the community
-Monthly Member-only Sale Items

 7 Cooperative Principles:

1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
3. Members’ Economic Participation
Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.