Nelson Organic Co-op in the news

October 14, 2015

Nelson Organic Co-op has had its first media coverage this week. Ami Kennedy joined Fresh Start Monday host/producer Kerry Sunderland on her show on Monday 12 October and the Nelson Mail published an article on Wednesday 14 October. 


Ami Kennedy spoke about the launch of the new Co-op and the importance of the local community ensuring the longterm sustainability of an organic food business.


The Nelson Mail article looked at how the Organic Green Grocer's future is to be put into the hands of the Nelson community as it transitions into a co-operative business. 


After a year of deliberation and organising with a steering committee, Tasman Street's Organic Green Grocer owners Seager and Sue Mason are initiating a membership drive, inviting the public to take shares in the business. 


"There is strong support in a place like Nelson for organics and an organic shop," Seager told the Nelson Mail. "That support will continue [after the business turns into a co-op]." 


The couple, who opened the store in 1993, said after more than 20 years they were ready to take a step back from the business and focus on their farm. But they did not want to completely abandon it.


"We had a lot of feedback from people who didn't want it to change too much. They mainly wanted to keep a focus on organics, and further develop the cafe," he said. 


The Masons and a steering committee of five have organised the transition. They looked to another successful co-operative in New Zealand for guidance - the Lyttelton Harbour Co-op. 


Around 170 people have taken shares in the Harbour Co-op, and Seager hopes to achieve the same. 


"[The Harbour co-op] is a very similar size business to us and it's been a really good guide as to how it'll happen here." he said. 


On Saturday 17 October, the steering committee are inviting the public to the Organic Green Grocer to hear about how they can get involved in the co-operative. 


Read the full Nelson Mail story here.



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