Why Fruit and Veg Coop?
We are looking to establish a Fruit and vegetable co-op in conjunction with Food together who have over 25 years’ experience behind them throughout Aotearoa. Our aim to establish a function co-op that will help bring the community of the Albany Campus together. A co-op will also provide the opportunity to increase access to affordable fruit and vegetables for staff and students and help decrease the stress within the lives for yourself, flatmates and families. We are wanting your help to help guide this project by having your say and letting us give you the chance to provide your feedback. We want to hear from the people that matter as we want to establish something worthwhile and catered for your needs. Please follow the link and fill out our quick survey! Together we could all be a part of a massive change in a way that could help others. Furthermore with the potential for great volunteering roles so stay posted for future opportunities.
Date: 03/04/2019 Version: 001
Project name: Massey Albany Fruit and Vegetable co-op
Innovator: Eliot Fenton, Lesley Savage (Nutrition Students), Ricky Waters (Chaplain)
Facilitator: Linsell Richards
Location: Auckland Campus Hashtag:
- Survey running by the end of the week starting 15/04
- Set up a pickup point for either week of April 29th or week one semester 2
The idea is to establish a fruit and vegetable co-op with Food together on Albany Campus. The Purpose is to improve access to affordable fruit and vegetables and as well to improve the community environment within the Albany campus.
The problem is that students and staff may not always have access to affordable fruit and vegetables which makes it hard to fulfil a healthy lifestyle. It is important for everyone to access. Furthermore, it is important for people to learn how to use fruit and vegetables, so it is important to have content alongside the fruit and vegetable packs to help. (international students – cooking skills)
The grand vision is to facilitate and run a major packing hub within the Albany community that involves, Massey students, staff bringing the Massey community together. It is also to involve the wider Albany community and help support the promotion of healthy lifestyles for them. It is to run a co-op that will also help educate and improve knowledge. (videos) (other farmers market ideas – increase vibrancy). – Cooking facilities? Enjoy what you cook.
- Lead to the startup of the community garden
- Establish a co-op and form a strong relationship with food together
- Incorporate student skills – go in depth about nutrition, marketing, volunteering, communications etc. incorporate into programming
- Grow Massey Albany community
- To increase fruit and vegetable access
- To increase fruit and vegetable intake
- To increase students’ knowledge
- Co-op once a week for a 10-week trial
- Need a space to call home for the project
- Incorporate student volunteers
- Storage? – morning arrival and afternoon pick-up. – cafeteria?
- Paid position for the co-op facilitator
Feedback Needed (!): Would you buy cheap fresh fruit & veges on Campus? A student-led group, in conjunction with the social enterprise Food Together, and Massey staff, are looking to establish a fruit and vegetable co-op on the Albany campus. But first we need your help in assessing demand and making a case for it. You can do so by completing this quick and painless survey!
The co-op would provide a weekly opportunity to pre-order and pick-up mixed packs of fresh good-quality seasonal fruit and/or veges at discounted prices right here on campus. The packs come in a range of sizes, prices and levels of luxury. All proceeds go back into an enterprise working for the wider social good of increasing access to affordable healthy food and community development. The initiative is the first to come through the Campus Co-Lab process at Massey Auckland. Apart from increasing accessibility to affordable healthy food for students and staff we hope the co-op will help foster a sense of community amongst both the volunteers running it and those using the service. If successful, we see it adding vibrancy to campus life and potentially being a staging point for other food, nutrition, cooking, and cultural events!