"The Merc Co+op's Board of Directors is comprised of seven co-op owners who are elected by the general ownership and serve a three-year term. Any co-op owner can run for a board position.
Guided by a set of policy guidelines and The Merc Co+op's Ends Statements, the board works closely with the General Manager, who provides the group with regular reports on store operations. The board is not engaged in daily store operations. You can contact the board by filling out the form below or by email at board@themerc.coop.
All co-op owners are invited to attend monthly board meetings. Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Early in the agenda, the board reserves ten minutes of space to hear from owners who wish to address the board."

The Dill Pickle is an Illinois for-profit cooperative corporation incorporated in Illinois. Dill Pickle is owned and governed by its member-owners who annually elect a nine-member board of directors to oversee the General Manager through the use of policy governance.

Directors are elected by the ownership to serve for a 3-year term. Officers are elected by the board annually. Contact the board at board@dillpickle.coop

  • monthly board meeting minutes
  • next meeting time
  • Policy Register, policy governance model
  • Bylaws
  • Committees
  • Directors


The Bylaws set out the terms of Co-op membership, election and duties of the Board of Directors, duties of officers, duties of the General Manager, and meetings of the membership. The bylaws are set by the Board of Directors and changes are approved by a vote of the membership.

Open Harvest Bylaws, November 8, 2015


The Articles of Incorporation set out the business structure and purpose of the Co-op. They also set out how the Co-op is capitalized (through the equity payments of member-owners), and they empower the Board of Directors to draft and amend bylaws.

Open Harvest's Articles of Incorporation, November 2, 2014

Annual Report

Each year the Co-op releases a report around the time of the annual member meeting. This report includes a report from the GM, the balance sheet, and an income statement compared to previous years. The annual report gives member-owners an opportunity to track the Co-op’s progress over time.

Board Policy Register

Open Harvest’s Board of Directors uses a formal system known as policy governance to establish a structure for its work. The Policy Register is the document which sets out the details of how we apply policy governance. The Register describes the roles and responsibilities of the Board, and the methods it uses to oversee the co-op.

Board Policy Register

Board Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Board Calendar 2016/2017

The Open Harvest Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Two Pillars Church, 1430 South St. in Lincoln. Meetings are open to all member-owners who wish to attend. If you would like to suggest an item for the agenda, or to express your viewpoint on an issue coming before the board, please contact Board Chair Brandé Payne at board@openharvest.coop before the next scheduled meeting.

Upcoming Board of Director's Meeting DRAFT Agenda

April Meeting Agenda - Draft

*This is a draft version of the agenda for the upcoming board meeting and is for information purposes only. We reserve the right to modify the agenda at any point before the final version is approved for use at the upcoming board meeting.

Board Meeting Minutes