Massey Fruit & Veg Co-Op
The Massey fruit & Veg Co-Op are making plans to launch their first run. They hope to be providing Massey's Wellington Campus with bags of fresh produce by the second half of semester one. A logo has been created for the Co-Op and soon to follow a Facebook page to start gathering all students and staff who are interested in buying their fruit and veg on campus.
The Co-Op is also in the process of setting up a partnership with MAWSA, with hopes the collaboration will help with managing their funds and also to help with providing a space for distribution. Other ideas for spaces are from The Lounge or Flax & Fern. The Co-Op is also applying for a Grant from the government to be able to afford the equipment to aid packing and distribution of the fruit and veg.
Investigating into Victoria University's food co-op which allows students to buy grains, nuts and many more bulk foods from the campus is also underway. Currently the Co-Op are trying to set up a meeting to learn how Vic's co-op works and the best way to implement it at Massey.
In regard to pricing the group are toying with the model that most co-ops use: $10-12 for one bag of fruit and one bag of veg, and say once they are done a couple of runs of having the co-op on campus they will examine their business model to see if alternations need to be made.
If you are interested in buying from the Massey Co-Op you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
About the project
Food co-ops are a great way to support communities and get affordable, fresh fruit and vegetable into peoples hands. Students are often living on tight budgets and the co-op gives them away to access easily an affordable food option. This initiative is also available to staff, as without the staff the co-op wouldn't be sustainable in the months where the number of students significantly decrease.