WHAT IS A CO-OP?

About the Co-op

OUR OBJECTIVE

Our vision to connect our community through food.

Our goals are to:

  • support community by promoting dry bulk food
  • nurture community through shared food activities and events
  • sustain community by supporting local growers and food systems.

WHAT IS A CO-OP?

Co-operatives belong to, are operated by, and benefit the people who become members. Because the most important aspect of co-operatives is people, they also enhance the communities they operate in. They are formed by people with like-minded needs and aspirations which can be fulfilled by working together and taking responsibility to support the vision set by the members. The democratic nature of a co-op means that all members are equal decision-makers.

Co-ops worldwide adhere to 7 key principles:

  • Voluntary and Open Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Member Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training and Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community

HOW WE'RE GOVERNED

The Beechworth Food Co-op is a registered non distributing co-operative without share capital, this means any profits can not be distributed to co-op members and that the Co-Op is equally owned by all Co-Op members. Any profits the Co-Op does make can only be used to improve the ability of the Co-Op to deliver on its aim to service its members. A copy of our endorsed rules of association can be viewed here.

OUR BOARD

President - Fiona Wigg

Secretary - Lisa Morrison

Treasurer - Sally Kaitler

Volunteer Coordinator - Penny Raleigh

Events - Tristyarna Sheridan

Assets - Dirk de Zwart