La Montañita Co-op is celebrating 40 Years of Fresh as New Mexico’s largest community-owned natural and organic food market, offering a wide selection of products, allowing all of our customers the opportunity to make purchasing decisions that meet their needs and budgets.
During a series of cooperative café meetings, our member-owners told us pricing in our retail locations was too high. Our member-owner elected Board of Directors hired a new general manager in December 2015 and tasked him, along with La Montañita team members, with developing initiatives in direct response to member-owners’ feedback.
There are some member-owners who strongly disagree with some of our retail business initiatives and decisions, and a campaign has been started, which calls for a special meeting to replace the current member-owner elected Board of Directors and remove our general manager, Dennis Hanley.
The La Montañita Co-op Team is here to ensure member-owners, customers and the community-at-large that it has not forgotten its mission/vision: La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. And in the markets we serve, La Montañita provides increased access to, and purchase of, healthy food options for our diverse customer base.
On this page you will find our story with counterpoints to the petition campaign, La Montañita by the numbers (current business facts), policy governance information, testimonials and more.
Join us on October 5 and 6 for questions, answers, and productive dialogue at our member-owner town hall meetings. The meetings will focus on discussing what’s been going on recently at La Montañita.
Member-owners in attendance will be joined by our Board of Directors, General Manager, members of the Co-op’s senior staff, National Cooperative Grocers Operations Director C.E. Pugh, and CDS Consulting Cooperative Co-Founder Marilyn Scholl.
We hope you’ll join us to keep the Co-op conversation going!
Wednesday, October 5: Albuquerque
5:30pm at the Mennonite Church Meeting House, 1300 Girard NE, Albuquerque.
Thursday, October 6: Santa Fe
5:30pm at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe.
Please join us! This year’s Owner Gathering will be on Saturday, October 22, at 5:30pm. Owners will have the opportunity to hear how the Co-op is doing from staff and board members, enjoy a free and deliciously organic international dinner, engage in meaningful community dialogue, and hear from special guest speaker Ted Howard, a social entrepreneur and author.
The Party Continues on Albuquerque’s Westside, 3601 Old Airport Ave. We’re bringing you a cornucopia of savings at La Montañita Co-op’s Westside location. You’ll find incredible savings store-wide, exclusive Sampling with Sylvanna featuring items on sale and Rockin’ events each week. We can’t wait to see you at the Westside!
Great savings on organic produce, available to all our customers. New Fresh Sales are available every Wednesday — see what terrific organic produce is on sale now!
La Montañita Co-op is 40 years old!
That’s right, New Mexico’s largest community-owned, natural and organic food market is kicking off our 40th Anniversary celebration, and we’re still growing strong.
Over the past 40 years, La Montañita has been a leader in the local foods movement. Through our multiple stores and Distribution Center, we’ve provided increased access to healthy and local food. We help our local producers get their products to market, and we always find ways to give back to our community. La Montañita will be celebrating our anniversary throughout 2016, so get ready for some fun and excitement!
Sunday, April 24, 10am to 6pm behind the Nob Hill Co-op at 3500 Central SE.
Santa Fe BBQ: Friday, April 22, 11:30am to 2pm at the Santa Fe Co-op.
Our Westside and Gallup stores want you to be able to shop the Co-op in style. At the Westside Co-op on Friday, April 22, and at the Gallup Co-op on Saturday, April 23, when you spend $10 or more at either location, you’ll receive a free reusable Co-op shopping bag.
By Robin Seydel
This 26th Annual EarthFest comes at a time when it is clear we have much to do for planetary and personal health and well-being. In February of this year we repeatedly broke, matched or came close to some of the hottest daily temperatures ever recorded. Additionally this year has seen an uptick in awareness of the social and economic justice issues that need to be addressed for true democracy and justice for all.
Over the years we have watched EarthFest grow with much good environmental and justice work done and connections and relationships grown. We are deeply moved by and thankful for how the New Mexican community has come together, to grow this festival into one of the most beloved of spring events. The joyous nature of the festival with its the coming together of friends new and old coupled with the good work we can accomplish when we cooperate makes EarthFest an important part of how we positively impact lives in our community and restore and sustain our little planet.
This year, recognizing that we are stronger when we come together, we are encouraging people to do just that and focus on collaborating on climate chaos, renewable energy, water quality, conservation, food self-sufficiency, economic and social justice and so many related issues. Come meet and lend your energy in support of the efforts of the many dedicated people in our communities who are working on these and other issues.
We firmly believe that with the same cooperative spirit that for 40 years enabled the Co-op to thrive and become the community hub for a sustainable future it has become, we can and will overcome the challenges we face.
You can expect an inspiring day filled with information, education and action booths from dozens of environmental, social and economic justice organizations from around the state. Meet local farmers, pet baby goats and get seedlings for a sustainable food supply, drought-resistant plants, and beautiful art from fine local artists and craftspeople. And of course you’ll get to eat great Co-op food and dance in the streets with friends and neighbors new and old.
RIDE A BIKE!
As the many of you who have attended the Co-op Earth Fest know due to the popularity of the event, and Nob Hill parking realities; it’s best to hike, bike or carpool to the festival site. Given that, we are once again honored to be working with Chuck Malagodi of the City of Albuquerque’s Bicycle program on the annual Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo and other bicycle education. Look for this part EarthFest at the west end of the festival grounds near Tulane.
A COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS
As always you can count on seeing some of our community’s fine local artists and craftspeople, hearing some of your favorite musicians and thrilling to performances from our gifted local performers. Some festival favorites, like the Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, National Institute of Flamenco’s Alama Flamenca, Baile Baile Folklorico and Adama Africian Dancers and Drummers are coming back, and we are once again honored to have them grace the little stage under the big tent in the middle of Silver Street. See the full entertainment schedule on this page so you don’t miss any of this great, local and FREE music.
Space goes quickly so reserve yours today. We give first priority to non-profit environmental, social and economic justice organizations, farmers, gardeners and farming organizations. Due to space considerations and Fire Department regulations NO POP-UP CANOPIES will be allowed.
We’re hoping for a beautiful day, and with Mother Earth’s blessing we will once again take time to celebrate “Her” and reaffirm our commitment to restoring and sustaining our beautiful blue/green planetary gem.
Join your friends and neighbors as we educate ourselves for paradigm shifting action and joyously dance in the streets at Albuquerque’s favorite spring gathering. Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 24; this is one event you don’t want to miss! For more information or to reserve your free booth space contact Robin at 217-2027 or toll free at 877-775-2667, firstname.lastname@example.org.
EarthFest Entertainment Schedule
10:00am: Ehecatl Aztec Dancers
11:00am: Eileen and the In-Betweens
12:00pm: Alma Flamenca
1:00pm: Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers
2:00pm: Baile Baile Dance Company
2:30pm: Adama African Dancers and Drummers
3:00pm: Silver Strings Band
4:00pm: Cowboys and Indian
5:00pm: Blue Hornets
Our beloved founding owner and Board Member passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 26. We are deeply indebted to Marshall for his unwavering guidance, loyalty and dedication to La Montañita for the past 40 years in all aspects of the Co-op, especially with governance issues. Marshall truly embodied the cooperative spirit and was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed.