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Co-op Newsletter
April 2017
Some important messages you'll find in this issue...
Kiva Loans
Join our team
Check out details on a part time position available
Calendar of Events

Citizen's Climate Lobby Presentation
Join a discussion inclusive to ALL on the political spectrum
News from your General Manager

There’s something about spring that makes everything OK. All the snow, sickness, dark days, and cold temperatures are fading out.  We all rejoice in the feeling of warm sun on our skin for the first time every spring.  Garden planning is well under way and at the Co-op we are already starting to get deliveries of fresh local produce!  I’m a believer that spring (even more than the turn of the new year) is a chance to regroup, cleanse, and prepare for what is to come.  

At a recent staff meeting we discussed ways to improve our offerings, daily process, and customer satisfaction. In the light of the spring sun coming through the front window, we came up with several ideas of how to best move forward. Among the many topics discussed were increasing product selection, creating a new program for lower cost product alternatives, and more informational signage to point customers towards the products they need.  I felt like our energy at the meeting was a direct result of warm weather and a new season.

As our second full year of business comes to an end, we are thankful for the progress we have all made, thanks to your loyal support.  We are also eager to continue growing as we know the Co-op has so much more potential.  Like a seed, we wait for the sunlight to strike us and break through the soil, as resilient as ever. I look forward to the growth, even on days the the sun doesn’t shine!

See you at the Co-op,

Shawn Menard, General Manager

Want to be part of our team? We’re looking for someone to join our staff as a Cooperative Clerk. Knowledge and experience of local food systems, organic foods, and nutrition is a must. We need a hard worker and dedicated individual to help us continue to grow the Co-op. Preference for someone who is familiar with downtown Gardiner and the community. Ideal candidates will have a good sense of humor, enjoy working with ALL people, and a willingness to learn and contribute. Evening and weekend shifts will be required for this position.

Please view the full job description here: CooperativeClerkJD (1)

All applicants must send a resume and cover letter to


Upcoming Events

  • April 15th Easter Saturday Celebration - 10AM-1PM

  • April 16th Easter - Closed All Day

  • April 19th - Citizen’s Climate Lobby Presentation - 6PM

  • April 22nd - Music Walk - 5-8PM

  • May 18th - Annual Meeting at Johnson Hall - 5PM

Easter & Spring Celebration

10-1 in Downtown Gardiner

Join us and our downtown business partners in a celebration of Easter and Spring on Saturday April 15th from 10-1. There will be an egg hunt for kids, storefront window painting, and much more.  Stop by the front of the Co-op with your children to have them plant a seed to grow in your vegetable garden! For full event details visit the link found HERE

A Climate Solution We Can All Live With!

6PM @ Gardiner Food Co-op


Do you ever wonder why people in Maine should care about climate change?

Are you concerned about climate change but don’t know what you as an individual can do about it?

Join us on Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. for a presentation by the regional and state coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby Peter Garrett.  Peter will explain why carbon fee and dividend is an effective climate change policy and how you can be involved in making this solution happen.

2nd Annual Music Walk
5-8 PM Downtown Gardiner

Join us in the 2nd annual Music Walk event hosted by our friends at Niche, Inc. Live music will be playing at several locations all along Water Street from 5-8PM. The Co-op will be welcoming local musicians Peter Johnson and Logan Johnston at 7:00 PM.  There will also be a drum circle in the afternoon. Please check out the official event page for full details. Event page HERE

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