Although we understand that as with any new enterprise we have to be flexibile and stay open to unexpected shifts, there are a few principles that have been part of FGFC’s foundation from its inception. We hold these as guiding principles/values to our work:
- Located in Southeast Raleigh
- Structured as a cooperative
- Offers a community gathering space
- Increases access to fresh, healthy and affordable food
- Is a Triple Bottom Line enterprise (values well-being of people and planet as much as profit)
- Its leadership reflects the historical Southeast Raleigh community
- The majority of the leadership lives in Southeast Raleigh
- Serves as an alternative job creation strategy
- Functions from an anti-oppression lens: we honor the gifts, talents and humanity of all people
Voluntary and Open Membership Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
Democratic Member Control Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
Members' Economic Participation Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
Autonomy and Independence Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
Education, Training and Information Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
Cooperation among Cooperatives Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
Concern for Community While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members