As members of a cooperative, we enjoy very special and unique benefits. Cooperatives provide valuable services to their members. Everything from a reliable supply of product to increased business efficiencies and access to industry knowledge comes along with membership in the GROWMARK System.
In addition to valuable products and services, cooperative membership gives us all something else - a shared goal and a common spirit. That is the focus of the System efforts supporting the United Nations' International Year of Cooperatives. Yes, IYC gives us a time to celebrate our unique business structure, but it also gives us a chance to come together as a cooperative. With activities spread out over 2012, there are plenty of opportunities to see the System come together.
Whether we are pitching in to help a fellow member recover from a natural disaster (read more in the upcoming issue of Spirit magazine) or sharing our traditions and talents in the recipe drive for the IYC cookbook (proceeds go to Farmers Feeding the World) we consistently demonstrate our System commaraderie every day.
Although 2012 is the official International Year of Cooperatives, it's heartwarming to think that this cooperative spirit has been present and growing for our enitre 85 year history. Because of what you do, it feels like we celebrate cooperatives every year.
Editor's Note: The current GROWMARK System IYC activity is the GROWMARK System cookbook. Over 700 recipes have been collected and the submission deadline is THIS Sunday. Please send your submissions to Karen Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cookbook order information will be communicated soon!