Come here to shop for groceries that are
- Organically grown
- Healthy (minimally processed and free from unnecessary additives)
- Environmentally sound (locally grown or produced, minimally and ecologically packaged)
Our staff will be available for advice and questions.
A cooperative is a business owned and operated by its members, but you do not need to be a member to shop here. The are many advantages of membership, most importantly, you can elect a board of directors that is answerable to you.
The Phoenix Earth Food Co-op is also known as the
Toledo Natural Food Co-Op, a name we have used in the past.
- Weekdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Events—Latest News Updates
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ATTENTION MEMBERS: A word from our Board President, Sean Nestor
To all member-owners of the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op:
During our annual member’s meeting on October 19th, we did not reach a quorum. Our bylaws state that 10% or 30 of our 300 members need to be present. We counted 24, six short of a quorum. In the past two years, I've been fortunate enough to be part of an amazing board that has overseen a world-class management team and staff. We've made great strides in developing a supportive and unified community here at the co-op, and we are committed to continuing on that path of progress.
However, the financial health of the co-op still faces many challenges, and it has become clear to those of us on the board that there are difficult times ahead. The record cold winter of the last year ate up thousands of dollars more in utility costs, along with an increase in state taxes and the ongoing pressures of a downturn economy. It is unlikely that we will be able to solve these problems at our current rate of progress.
Let me be blunt: these circumstances have put us at a crossroads.
We will either come together as member-owners—as a community—to solve these problems, or we will risk losing the business and our common bond in the process.
This message is being shared because we want you, as a stakeholder, to join with us in discussing the details of what is happening and work together to find a solution the only way that we can—together. We have to return to our roots and remember that we are more than just an ethical store—we are a cooperative. We are a community. And without living that sense of community, we have nothing.
Please make efforts to be in attendance at our annual meeting, which is being held on Sunday, December 21st, 6PM at Augsburg Lutheran Church. This meeting will also function as a discussion on the future of the co-op as well as a holiday celebration.
I look forward to seeing you there,
-Sean Nestor Board President, Phoenix Earth Food Co-op
ATTENTION MEMBERS: A word from our Board of Directors
November 14th, 2014
To members of the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op:
During our annual member’s meeting on October 19th, we did not reach a quorum. Our bylaws state that 10% or 30 of our 300 members need to be present. We counted 24, six short of a quorum.
Low attendance at membership meetings has become a recurring problem, one that Phoenix Earth Food Co-op shares with other co-ops, and one that we urgently need to resolve.
During a discussion at our Oct. 19th meeting, we reached a consensus to take two steps. The first was to accept realities and reduce the threshold for reaching a quorum. This will require a change of our bylaws that only members can approve by a majority vote. Indeed, our current bylaws allow polls to be taken by mail ballots on any matter other than board elections. The Board of Phoenix Earth Food Co-op is therefore asking you to vote on a proposal to reduce the threshold for a quorum to 20 members or 10% of members, whichever is lower. Please cast your vote on the attached ballot and send it back to the store using the return envelope. (A letter has been mailed to each of you with copies of the ballots and a return envelope.)
To be compliant with our bylaws, we will be holding another annual meeting on Sunday, December 21st from 6 to 8 pm at Augsburg Lutheran Church (1342 W. Sylvania Ave. Toledo, OH 43612). Please count on attending this meeting so that we can make quorum.
Cooperatively yours, Sean Nestor, Board President and Hermann von Grafenstein, Secretary
Are you interested in volunteering with the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op? Join us at our monthly Community Outreach meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and discover what the co-op is doing in Toledo. The meetings begin at 6pm, location TBD. There will be no pressure to volunteer, that's a promise! For information about upcoming outreach activities or meetings, please contact the director, Will Mellon, at 419.410.6310 or email him at email@example.com.
The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The regular place of board meetings is the Jamie-Black Room at the main branch of Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH 43604. All members welcome.
Label-the-Truth Meeting February 18th, 7:30 p.m.
Our Board President, Sean Nestor, and former General Manager, Lisa Blake, are on the steering committee of Label-the-Truth Ohio. The mission of Label-the-Truth is to put a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot that mandates the labeling of GMOs. We're forwarding this announcement for those of you who are interested in getting informed and getting involved.
The Co-op does not involve itself in partisan politics, but it DOES promote health and well-being of the individual and community through education about food issues, and, of course, always offering the best food at the best prices.