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Do I Have to Work? What if . . .


IMG_0021Yes. Working is part of the way we all participate in the life of the cooperative. It’s something to embrace, a chance to connect with friends who share your shift, and a way to meet, greet and get to know  other members of the Coop. It’s fun! It is also an important way we keep food prices low.

When we launch, we will each work two 2 3/4 hour shifts every four weeks. As we grow, we will each have to work less.

There are three ways to fulfill your work requirement.

1. Work a regular shift, two shifts every month

2. Work a flex shift, four shifts every two months – work when you’re available and there are available work slots

3. Hire someone from our list to work your shift

We encourage you to work a regular shift if you’re able as it makes it a lot easier to stock shelves, receive inventory, cut cheese, bag spices, and checkout shoppers. You can always trade shifts or hire someone to work for you if you can’t make it. But remember, the Coop counts on you to work your shift. If you miss a shift, you’ll have to make up two!

There are also three ways to join:

1. Become a regular member

2. Join as a 12X Shop, that is work two shifts and shop 12 times = a great option if you live in Albuquerque, counties North or South of Santa Fe,, or Taos, or if you spend two or three months a year here

3. Join as a regular member with the option to take up to a 6 month leave each year – good for snowbirds and people with second homes

We welcome all! Everyone who wants to join will be able to join. We invite those with disabilities and those who are unable to pay the membership pledge or annual fee, along with those who have special circumstances, to please email or call us. We’ll work out a way for you to join.


7 thoughts on “Do I Have to Work? What if . . .

  1. Actually, I look forward to the working part as much as anything! Working with people I know and don’t know, both. I just hope I don’t have to run a cash register…

  2. I was a member of the Park Slope Food Coop for many years. There were so many jobs to choose from, such as checking in folks, working with deliveries, stocking, cleaning, etc. Looking forward to having our coop here in Santa Fe!!

  3. I was a bit put off by this requirement when I first got involved in the Coop but now I can’t wait. I’m so excited about having ownership in the decisions about what items the coop will stock and joining in the spirit of community to build and sustain an exciting new grocery store. I now look at the work shifts as an opportunity to meet new and support old friends in our common goal. I’m so tired of having to visit 4 grocery stores to fill my grocery bag.

  4. I am concerned about not having a good source of fresh eggs. Has this changed from the meeting I attended some time ago?

    • Hi Bobbe. Didn’t know you are concerned about eggs and don’t know why. I’m quite confident we’ll find a good source. Will talk with folks about it. Thanks for speaking up! BJ

      • Thanks BJ! Not all eggs are created equal = ALL non- organic chicken feed has arsenic in it. And then feed corn is genetically modified. Thanks again for your response. BB

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