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Are you a super cooperator? Are you looking for a job in a business that has a direct impact on people, planet, and the community every single day? We are searching to find dedicated staff members to fulfill several full-time food service clerk positions. We look for applicants who understand the importance of giving great customer service to every person who chooses to shop with us. To our staff, we offer a workplace that is not only positive and respectful, but also can teach you valuable skills to carry on throughout your career, either at the Co-op or in another endeavor.

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Dear Open Harvest Owners and Patrons,

What an awesome thing Open Harvest has going!

This is my first reflection since I’ve been on the board, so I’d like to express a few points.

First, we are in the black. It’s not been easy for co-ops to weather the current storm of chain grocery stores entering new markets, but we have done that, and the board has consistently voiced faith in our current General Manager. Amy has worked tirelessly to keep the co-op afloat since we’ve had increased local and online competition over the last five or so years; not only that but we are now starting ... See more

Dear Open Harvest Owners and Patrons, What an awesome thing Open Harvest has going! This is my first reflection since I’ve been on the board, so I’d like to express a few points. First, we are in the black. It’s not been easy for co-ops to weather the current storm of chain grocery stores e

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Have you tried our deli's own mini cheddar meatloaf? Pair with some fresh made deli sides and you have yourself an easy & delicious dinner for two ! 🤤🥰

30% off while supplies last! Ends Tuesday!

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OWNER DEAL ALERT: Crofter's Organic fruit spreads are made with the following commitments: affordable organic spreads, responsible creation, and jars chock-full of flavor and nutrition. Owners save $2 on all flavors through October 15th!

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Dreaming of a Vetter World is playing at the The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center tomorrow!

Nebraskans both ex-pat and current! Please help get the word out on this screening tomorrow at The Ross in Lincoln. Really need a signal boost on this one, please. The Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

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Summer Board Update

A lot of people told me there would be a steep learning curve during my first year on the Open Harvest Board and they were not kidding! Last year’s cohort of elected board members definitely hit the ground running, and I am grateful for all that I have learned and experienced in such a short period of time.

 

One of the most impactful aspects of that learning process has been a greater understanding of the co-op and local food industry. I am a more knowledgeable consumer and have a better understanding of the challenges, successes and benefits of the local food community. And, I have an even greater admiration for the folks who do this work and produce sustainable, local, and organic food and products. I also expected to learn more about the financial piece of the co-op industry/business and that has proven to be the case. I especially appreciate all the resources available to support that learning, which I knew would be a challenge. A special thanks to Amy, the General Manager, who provides us with the necessary information to make that part of the process less challenging!

 

Several experiences have stood out to me during my short time on the Board. One of the highlights was the opportunity to visit the Merc Co-op in Lawrence, KS and attend a training session to learn about policy governance and our role as a board member.  I also appreciated the opportunity to be with other board members and Open Harvest’s management team at the annual strategic planning retreat. It gave us all a chance to get to know each other and discuss our collective vision for the co-op.

 

All in all, building on established relationships and cultivating new ones has been the most meaningful part of the experience. It feels good to be with a group of people who care so much about the future of the local food community and are dedicated to Open Harvest’s success.

 

Serving on the Board has shown me how my personal values align with the co-op values of self-responsibility, mutual self-help, democracy, equality, equity, and community. Nearly all the decisions we make and the work we do are done with these values in mind and it makes serving on the Board more meaningful. I am also encouraged by the discussions we have as a Board related to social justice, equity and inclusion and our commitment to making the co-op a place where all people feel welcome and respected.

 

It is an exciting time to serve on the Board! I am thankful for the opportunity to work with Amy and the other board members to be part of Open Harvest’s future successes. The positive energy is contagious and being part of a community that works democratically and intentionally to make decisions is refreshing.  If you would like to be more involved in the co-op’s future, please consider serving on the Board. It is hard work, but it is also work that truly makes a difference!