As a community-owned cooperative, Bluff Country Co-op has a unique governance model. The Co-op is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of nine Co-op owners who play a critical role in ensuring the continued success and health of the Co-op. These Directors are individuals who have an interest in serving the Co-op and are elected by Co-op owners at the Co-op’s Annual Meeting in the fall.
The Board of Directors guides the Co‐op by establishing the vision and ensuring the long-term vitality of the Co‐op. We ensure the store operates within our value system while empowering staff to manage day‐to‐day operations of the store. The Board seeks input from its owners and regularly reports back to the owners. We encourage any owner to attend any of our monthly meetings to get a better sense of how the Board works or to bring feedback directly to the Board. Meetings are held in the Community Room at the Co-op at 6:00pm on the second Monday of the month.
Board members attend monthly meetings and participate in committee work to help guide the Co-op and advance the Co-op’s Ends. Retreats, workshops, and other professional development opportunities help Board members to enhance their leadership skills and guide long range planning.
Attendance at monthly meetings is expected by all Board members. Typically, a Board member might expect to devote 4‐5 hours each month on Board work. We are a professional, working board and are compensated with a small monthly stipend in store credit.
We are driven by our Ends to provide high quality, sustainably produced, regionally grown food and products to the Winona area. We create a sense of community and inspire our shoppers to build a sustainable local society. In practical terms, that means we offer a great variety of natural, organic and local products, from fresh produce and meat, bulk items and prepared foods, housewares and wellness products.