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Help make this Holiday season a little brighter for those in our community affected by domestic violence. Donate to our Friendship Home Giving Tree! We are accepting gifts through December 10th.

1 day ago

If you are a student, you are well aware FINALS WEEK is fast approaching. To make it easier for you, we're offering a special deal for all students with a valid student ID. From now until December 13th, save 10% OFF all your purchases!🍎🏃‍♂️📓

1 day ago

Today is #GivingTuesday, and this Holiday season there are many ways to give back when you shop at our co-op!

1) Lincoln Food Bank Food Drive + Checkout Hunger
When you shop at the co-op, you'll have a chance to contribute $5 or $10 to the Lincoln Food Bank, or you can purchase a pre-filled bag of non-perishable goodies to that we'll drop-off for you!

2) The Friendship Home Giving Tree
From now through December 10th, we are accepting gift donations to help spread holiday cheer with victims of domestic abuse and their families in our community. Please ask us how you can contribute!

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Check out these new Co+op Deals, good now through December 17:

2 days ago

If you know local food, you know Megan McGuffey. Congratulations to Community Crops on an excellent hire!

Community Crops is excited to announce that Megan McGuffey has been hired as our new Executive Director. Megan has been involved with Community Crops for a number of years starting out as a gardener, serving on the Board of Directors for six years, and she is actively engaged in various food policy networks across the State. She holds a Master of Public Administration and is a doctoral candidate in the UNO School of Public Administration. Welcome Megan!

What is a Co-Op?

The 7 Co-op Principles

Like all cooperatives, Open Harvest operates under the following guiding principles.

Voluntary and Open Membership

We are a voluntary organization, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

Democratic Member Control

We are a democratic organization controlled by our members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership.

Members’ Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. The economic benefits of a cooperative operation are returned to the members, reinvested in the co-op, or used to provide member services.

Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

Education, Training and Information

Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Concern for Community

While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.