Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op was incorporated in 1976. By serving the needs of our diverse membership, we have grown through the years. Our current store has more than 6,800 square feet of space, and we serve over a thousand shoppers each day.
To the casual visitor, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op is simply a retail store that specializes in natural foods, supplements and related items. However, at a fundamental level, we are very different from profit-oriented enterprises.
Like the thousands of other cooperatives around the world, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op is owned by its members. Currently, the co-op has more than 6,915 members. The members can vote not only with their dollars, as in a regular store, but also with their ballots. The members elect a board of directors. The store’s general manager reports to the board of directors. The managers are responsible for day-to-day operation of the store, with the help of roughly 90 staffers.
We envision a community in which everyone has access to healthy food, where Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op is a vital part of the local food system.
To sell trusted food, with knowledge and compassion.
Provide and promote organically grown, sustainably produced food, goods and services that are locally and regionally sourced whenever possible.
Promote the health and wellness of our community by providing facilities, resources and information, and by offering effective, positive community education and services.
Embody and model sustainable, humane, equitable, “green” ways of working and living, creating and maintaining an ideal workplace.
Add to the enjoyment and enrichment of our greater community, and the expression of our common humanity.
Help create and participate in other cooperative community ventures and networks.
Have fun doing it!