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1 How to start your own organic fruit and vegie co-op WELCOME Kim Cornford & Neesh Wray

2 PART 1: What is a Fruit & Vegie Co-op?  An alternative way of purchasing and distributing organic fruit & vegies  It’s about…  Affordable organic produce  Encouraging the consumption of organics  Local Community connections

3 A week in the life of the WOC…

4 …$20 to Frank’s house by 5pm Tuesday – no money, no box! Frank is our friendly Accounts Officer. He collates orders for the week and makes up list and receipts*

5 … 6am Friday morning, our buyers pick up the list and money from Frank’s front door and head to the wholesale markets in Footscray to buy fruit & veg…

6 …buyers drop off produce at 7.15am to the house of the person rostered for sorting that week… (of boxes in back of car)( boxes in back of car)

7 … 7.45am sorters gather and sort fruit & veg between boxes, and then divide up the boxes and set off for delivery…

8 … Happy WOCer receives beaut box of fruit & veg! (photo of happy WOCer)

9 A BIT MORE OF THE DETAIL… The WOC box costs $20 per week. In the box is roughly 3-4 fruit and 3-4 vegies. Staples purchased regularly*. Mostly seasonal produce. Everyone participates in the roster, usually sorting and delivering fruit & vegetables once per month*. WOC has a membership cap of 25 households. (ave. 18 h/holds purchase each week*)

10 “What does ‘Collective’ mean? The WOC is not a service or company, but a collective. This means all members participate in the running of the WOC’s activities. It functions through everyone’s contribution.” This philosophy underpins the success of the collective.

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12 What else does the WOC do? Organic bread weekly Fairtrade Coffee & Tea Seasonal Gatherings Quarterly Dry Goods*

13 Quarterly Dry Goods Distribution…

14 Setting up a co-op is easy 1)Organise a meeting & publicise 2)Nominate committee 3)Form an Incorporated Association 4)Bank account / ABN / Market buyers passes 5)Sign up meeting & organise roster 6)Celebrate and enjoy!

15 Initial meetings Publicise through local networks - leaflets, mother/father groups, schools, community groups (house / community space) Socialise from the beginning – share food Agenda (take minutes) – –Purchasing options (CERES, Melbourne Markets, Grasslands) –Fruit/veg, bread, dry goods (later), social aspect –Commitment (committee, buyer, sorter), annual membership, AGM –Logistics (sorting houses, boundaries, pick up pockets, car size, optimum co-op size – 12 to 24/25) –Committee descriptions – elect committee –Link to existing collective (join sorts or buys or meetings) –Draw on collective strengths (design, IT, finance)

16 Locality specific: scan map 42 with houses marked 1km

17 Nominate committee 6 committee roles (for inc.) –President –Vice president –Secretary –Treasurer –Accounts officer –Dry goods officer/s CORE drivers of initial establishment (monthly meetings become 2-3 monthly meetings)

18 Incorporation Consumer Affairs Victoria – (Associations, Clubs & Fundraising) Unique organisation name (Collective) Aims/objectives/statement of purpose Rules: model rules (or write your own $$) Fee: $53.80 initial lodgement + $55.10 (model rules).

19 Statement of purpose  Affordable organic produce  Encouraging the consumption of organics  Local Community connections

20 Bank Account / ABN / Market buyers passes Bendigo Bank Clubs account ABN: (non-profit = tax exempt) Buyers pass: Melbourne Markets – $18 each (+ training, jackets) Biodynamic Marketing: Purebread Bakery (Terry):

21 Sign up and START! Membership forms & fee ($40/$50 per year – covers market parking $800+) Roster (secretary) Yahoo groups / google groups? 6 months of ironing

22 Celebrate! Communal sorts – everybody in The joy of Fridays

23 Thanks! WOC (Western – Footscray) SOC (Seddon) NOC (Newport) KOG (Kingsville) YOC (Yarraville)- beginning in March …

24 Notes Buyers pick up bread too? 3-4 fruit and veg (heaps more in summer?) – we certainly do (5-6). Range usually includes one type of onion (spring, brown, leek), greens, root veg, salad veg, etc? Committee & roles - neesh PICs – neesh/kim add Extra statement of purpose – neesh add Bank – neesh confirm


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