About The Food Co-op


The Port Townsend Food Co-op is a full-service organic foods market providing affordable organic foods to everyone-every day! We are a member-owned consumer cooperative serving our community since 1972.

Working hard for our co-owners, employees and our local economy.

  • We have more than 6,000 active co-owners

  • We employ an average of 100 co-owners of our community

  • We contribute every day to our local economy

Mission & Values

Mission Statement (2007)
Seeking to uphold the health of our community and world, the Port Townsend Food Co-op, a consumer co-operative, serves our membership by making available reasonably priced whole foods and other basic goods and resources by means of our life-affirming democratic organization.

Principles (2007)
The Port Townsend Food Co-op, whose owners voluntarily and consciously co-operate for the common good, acts to create social and economic change and improvement within the larger community.

In the spirit of this cooperative endeavor, we affirm and promote our mission by:

  1. providing healthful, environmentally responsible and socially accountable food, products, packaging, nutritional information, and education.

  2. functioning as a member-owned cooperative, using a broad-range of opportunities for member volunteerism, participation, and involvement.

  3. creating a model for economic, social, and environmental justice, sustainability, democracy, and integrity.

  4. generating an engaging workplace through the cultivation of the principles of trust, fairness, transparency, democracy and cooperation.

  5. supporting local farmers and the development of regional food production systems and emphasizing seasonal availability of local and regional products.

  6. operating in a transparent fashion to engender trust in all aspects of cooperative governance and operations so that member votes, opinions, and concerns are heard and weighted fully.

We affirm the necessity of continuous effort and persistent application of these principles, adding to them the Rochdale Principles of 1844, as revised by the International Co-operative Alliance Congress in 1966 and updated in 1995, to sustain a healthy and viable cooperative and to accomplish our mission.


The Food Co-op’s Strategic Plan guides all our activities, laying out what we seek to achieve—our Ends—and the strategies we believe will best accomplish those Ends. The work of reviewing and renewing this document involved the board, the staff, and our membership in a year-long process that included reaching out to the membership in the store and online, consultations with the heads of each department in the store, and thorough discussion amongst the board and the general manager about where our priorities lie. Notably, we found ourselves returning again and again to the importance of partnerships to achieve our Ends—partnerships between our members, board, and staff; and between our store and our wider community of shoppers and producers.

  1. Our community is well-served by a strong cooperative grocery store, integral to the lives of our customers, our farmers, and our producers.

  2. Our community has a resilient local and regional food economy, supported by our Co-op and our community partners.

  3. Our staff and board have the knowledge, skills, and passion to make our cooperative thrive.

  4. Our members and customers are proud to shop at a local cooperative grocery that is working to reduce its impact on the environment.

  5. Our community is informed, engaged, and empowered to join us in making a difference.

The above ends are just the beginning, to read the full Strategic Plan, please click the button below

International Cooperative Principles

(International Cooperative Alliance 1995 version)

In bringing their social vision to life, the Rochdale Pioneers developed specific guidelines for the operation of their co-op. Today we call these guidelines the cooperative principles or Rochdale Principles. Though updated and modified, the principles bear the same social vision of these co-op pioneers. This vision has been shared by the thousands of cooperatives around the world that have adopted these principles as their own.

  • Voluntary and open membership. Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.

  • Democratic member control. Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.

  • Member economic participation. Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative.

  • Autonomy and independence. Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.

  • 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.

  • 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 accepted by their members.

See www.ncba.coop/abcoop.cfm to learn more about cooperatives.

National Co+op Grocers


National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 146 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 37 states with combined annual sales over $2.1 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. View our brochure.

NCG Mission & Ends Statements

Mission: NCG will provide the vision, leadership and systems to catapult a virtual chain of food co-ops to a position of prominence in the natural foods industry.

Ends (Global): NCG embodies the aspirations of its members through integration and programs that provide the capacity of a chain while supporting the autonomy of a local business. The benefits of NCG membership warrant the resources and participation required of its members.

Further, on behalf of NCG members, the cooperative accepts responsibility for these outcomes:

  • A dynamic and transparent organization with clear and meaningful ways for members to participate.

  • Members are successful in a competitive market and have access to:

    • competitive pricing

    • professional development and training

    • product selection & sourcing tailored to common needs

    • operational and merchandising best practices

  • A powerful advocacy voice for food co-op issues.

  • A development mechanism for new and expanding co-ops.

  • Members adhere to agreed upon co-op operating standards