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Great River Co-op Screens Food For Change



On Wednesday, April 18th The Great River Co-op presented the documentary film Food for Change during is Annual meeting. The event was held at the Bellows Falls Opera House and began with a brief summary of what the co-op has achieved over the last year, and next steps toward opening its doors. 


Before the annual meeting, the co-op held an online vote to solidify Shannon Latham and Gretchen Markiewicz as board members.  Voter response was excellent, and we welcome and congratulate both as new board members!


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Great River Co-op to Hold Annual Meeting with Screening of Food for Change

The Great River Co-op, a startup cooperative grocery store coming to Walpole, will screen Food For Change on April 18th at 6:00 pm during its 2018 Annual Meeting.


The event will take place at the Bellows Falls Opera House with regular concessions. Tickets will be by donation.  


Food for Change tells the story of the cooperative movement in the United States in a way that is both entertaining and informative.  It includes interviews with co-op workers, rare archival footage, and narration by the film’s director, Steve Alves. Alves will be available at the meeting for a question and area period around the film.

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February Member Drive: Share the Love, Get a Tote Bag!

Our goal for this month is to sign up 28 members in 28 days! And, we’re offering a Great River Co-op tote bag to anyone who signs up in this 28 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! 

Great River Co-op Reaches 750 Member/Owners



The Great River Co-op had a fantastic year in 2017! We want to thank all of the area supporters, businesses who donated items for our events, and our newest member/owners!


To date, we have welcomed 754 member/owners, and continue to add to that each month. Our goal is to bring on 1,000 members and we’re getting close! 


A good deal of progress was made behind the scenes as well... 

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Great River Co-op Partners with Antioch University Graduate Students

Kira Yeomans
Kira Yeomans

We are excited to announce that two Antioch University New England students will be consulting with the Great River Co-op Board of Directors as we design our member outreach and development campaigns for spring 2018!  This partnership developed through the Antioch Collaborative Service Initiative (CSI) that is a faculty supervised capstone opportunity for graduate students to work together on projects for local organizations.


We would like to welcome Kira Yeomans and James Holcomb in support of our board through the spring of 2018.

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Please Welcome Gretchen Markiewicz to Our Board of Directors!

As we head into a new year, we have added a new board member! Please join us in welcoming Gretchen Markiewicz!


Gretchen recently moved from the Boston area to Walpole, where she grew up, with her husband and young son.  She works as a software engineer for Raytheon BBN Technologies, where she develops applications that use speech recognition and natural language processing.  The abundance of high quality, local food options and the strong sense of community in this area were factors in the decision to move back. 


Using her data skills to help get a food co-op off the ground is a great opportunity to support the area's agricultural economy and community, and she's excited to be a part of the movement! 


We'd also like to recognize board members Denny Searles and Kaylie Chaffee, and thank them for their contributions over the last several years as they step down from the board.  We appreciate your efforts toward opening the Great River Co-op!






Walpole Thanksgiving Farmers' Market is Saturday, November 18th

Stop by the Walpole Thanksgiving Farmers' Market this Saturday, November 18th from 9am to 1pm on the common to sample some of the best local foods and wares around! 


We'll have fresh baked goods, local cheese, wreaths and swags, soaps, candles, salves and bath and body items - plus more!


There are still tables available as well. Shoot an email to to reserve your space!

It's official! Our sign is UP!

It's official!  Our new sign is up in our future location, next to the Hungry Diner on Route 12 in Walpole! 


Those in attendance for the photo are from Left to Right: Steve Fortier, Board President Kim Mastrianni, Tedd Benson, Christine Benson, Co-op Volunteer Gretchen Markiewicz, Board Member Bruce Bickford, Board Member Ali Trow, Volunteer Judy Trow, and Sean Fortier.


Have you seen the new sign yet?