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.
OWNED BY OUR MEMBERS
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 6,310 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.
Anyone can become a member. While members enjoy special benefits, non-members are welcome to shop at the co-op.