• 9 tips for starting a local food co-op

    9 days ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    For more than 25 years, the locals of a small rural Southland community have co-operated to provide themselves with mostly locally-grown, organic food.
    Words and photos: Diana Noonan
    Southland's Riverton Organic Food Co-op enjoys a prominent position in its small town's busy main street.
    But it started in a small garage back in 1988. That's when Robyn and Robert Guyton sent out an invitation to anyone interested in organics and growing their own food to meet up. They set out 12 chairs in their garage, not hopeful of attracting a lot of people.
    The building that houses the co-op came up for...
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