Developing the ‘how to’ pamphlet to accompany this site has meant a rewarding trawl through literature developed by and for bulk buying clubs in earlier eras. One gem from 1983 still provides an excellent checklist of issues to consider around starting a group. Called ‘Deciding Whether to Organize a Food Buying Club’, it was published by the Cooperative Extension Service of Virginia Tech, a public university in the U.S., which has thankfully preserved and shared the document for the online age.
In eight short pages it distills the experience and wisdom of numerous small scale food co-ops to provide a very useful, straightforward set of pointers to those considering following in their footsteps.
Much of the content is timeless and the paper is well worth consulting by anyone with either a practical or historical interest in its subject matter.
About this site
This site aims to encourage and support the setting up of further bulk buying clubs and small food co-ops in Ireland by sharing the experience of individuals who have operated a ‘pop-up wholefoods’ model over a number of years.