The Second Annual Los Alamos Beer Co-op Fiesta is Saturday, July 26 at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Fiesta features lift-served biking and hiking 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as a New Mexico brewers fest with live music noon to 6 p.m. Atomic City Transit Shuttle will run every ½ hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sullivan Field.
As part of the Fiesta, other Los Alamos cooperative businesses will attend to support their community and fellow cooperative. Representatives of the co-ops will be on hand to provide information about their cooperative business and tell you why you should “Keep it Co-op, Los Alamos.”
Co-ops in Los Alamos include:
- Los Alamos Beer Co-op (brewery/tap room)
- Los Alamos Co+op Market (grocery)
- Little Forest PlaySchool (child care/education)
- Del Norte Credit Union (financial)
- Los Alamos Schools Credit Union (financial)
- Zia Credit Union (financial)
All cooperative businesses are guided by seven co-operative principles:
1) Democratically-controlled: Every member gets an equal voice in decisions about how the co-op is run, and elections of volunteer board members.
2) Voluntary and open membership: No one is forced to join a co-op, and everyone able to use its services is welcome to join, without discrimination.
3) Member economic participation: The people who use the co-op’s services (the members) are the ones who get economic benefit from it.
4) Autonomy and independence: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. They remain independent of control by external companies, organizations or investors
5) Education, training and information: Co-ops actively work to educate their members so that they can get the most out of the co-op’s services.
6) Cooperation among co-operatives: Co-ops of all kinds work together in ways large and small to help their members benefit even more. The concert is a great example of that. So is Shared Branching.
Community involvement: Co-ops give back to their communities and work to make them stronger.
So when we say,“Keep It Co-Op, Los Alamos,” we encourage you to consider choosing a co-op because we can do more when we work together. Co-ops help people get what they need in a way that directly benefits themselves and their community. And they can be a powerful economic force for good. Join one today!