The Great River Co-op Blog

Volunteer Opportunities for 2020

Are you looking for a specific way to get involved with the Great River Co-op? We have a number of new initiatives to support this project AND our community this Spring/Summer.

Watch Gretchen's video update version on Facebook.

First, we have a volunteer working hard doing the legwork to pull together a Farmers' Market for this summer.  Once that gets up and running, we'll need more volunteers to make sure we can pull it off in a safe and organized way.

Next, if you are a first-time gardener, or trying to branch out to more than just basil, you can try getting paired with a gardening mentor - we already have a seasoned gardener who can offer her expertise to someone who's not sure how to start. By the way - getting veggie starts from a nearby farm is one way to support local agriculture, check out our list of local farms here

And lastly, are you interested in learning more about the big picture of our food systems and the co-op model? There are members interested in having a virtual book discussion (we could read Grocery Story, the Foodie's Guide to Capitalism, or Food Fix, among others...). Maybe you're the right person to offer a little organization to pull it together!

To sign up or see other concrete ways to help the co-op and our local food system, check out:…/70a0c48a5a922a5f58-grcspring…

Have more suggestions for us? Let us know at!

Virtual Annual Meeting a Success!

Our board of directors lead our Annual Meeting virtually, on Tuesday, April 28th.


Great River Co-op President, Gretchen Markiewicz, shared updates on our member growth - we're at 852: Can you help us get to 1000? , financial updates, and how you can get involved.


The recording is now available, and we'd love to hear your questions or thoughts on the project. Please watch, and then let us know your thoughts!

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New Board Members on the Ballot



Ahead of the 2020 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 28th, our voting members are being asked to submit a ballot voting on new and returning members on the board of directors. The following are the new and returning board members on the ballot. 


Click Read More to Meet the Board Members on the Ballot! 

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2020 Annual Meeting to Be Held on Zoom

Join us for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting of the Great River Co-op on Tuesday, April 28th at 7pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom.


The evening will include a celebration of accomplishments to date, an update on new developments and member input on future directions.


Voting members will receive a ballot to vote for new members on our board of directors either by email or by mail. You will RSVP for the meeting via your ballot.


All others interested in attending may RSVP by sending an email to

More info to come!

Get Listed in Our Local Business and Producer Directory

The COVID-19 virus and shelter-in-place orders have created challenges for everyone in our community. The Great River Co-op physical store location is still in the works, but in the mean time we are committed to upholding our values and doing what we can to help our local producers and the community right now.

We feel the most immediate way we can help is to provide connections between our local producers and the community.

-- We will be creating a free directory on the Great River Co-op's website to help provide information on how community members can support their local producers and businesses. --

Please note that the information on the directory will remain mostly static (we may look to update seasonally depending on how long this lasts). We will be using Facebook to provide more frequent updates on products you have available by sharing your posts.

-- If you would like to be a part of the directory, please fill out this form

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Share The Love, Get a Tote Bag!

Our goal for this month is to sign up 29 members in 29 days! And, we’re offering a Great River Co-op tote bag to anyone who signs up in this 29 day challenge! 


If you’re already a member, please consider gifting a share to a family member or friend! It’s a unique gift that supports a local cause and area growers! 


A single share is $25, and if you buy four shares at $100-you are a voting member. This means you will have a say in what the store looks like, what we carry and more! 


Join online today! 


Last minute local gifts that won't end up in the landfill

As we gather to celebrate the holidays together, consider gift giving and special foods that help build a more healthy, just, and sustainable food system and a stronger local economy!

Your local food co-ops and other area businesses offer many options, including:

Special Holiday Foods and Beverages and all of the ingredients you need for holiday celebrations

Make your own gift baskets filled with Locally Made items

Can’t decide what to get your loved ones? Give the gift of co-operation with a membership at Great River Co-op!

However you choose to celebrate this season, you can find all of the ingredients you need for a joyous time with friends and family — and a more inclusive and sustainable community at local co-ops and our many local businesses in the Great Falls region.

We encourage you to keep those dollars local this holiday season.

Thank you to our Farmers' Market Vendors!



The Great River Co-op Board of Directors would like to thank all those who will be setting up a table at the upcoming Walpole Thanksgiving Farmer’s Market.


This is an annual event that the community looks forward to every year, and we are honored to be a part of keeping it going.









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