Naked Larder: a starting out story

Logo of the Naked Larder bulk buying clubThe wonderfully named Naked Larder bulk buying club in South London is the focus of an excellent blog for the Food Co-ops section of Sustain’s website.

Phili Denning, the founder of Naked Larder, has so far added six posts about her early steps with the project.  Continue reading “Naked Larder: a starting out story”

Small Co-ops Are Beautiful

Cover of the book 'Food Co-ops for Small Groups' by Tony VellelaOne of the most practical and useful guides written about running a bulk buying club was published many years ago under the title “Food Co-ops for Small Groups”. By ‘small’, author Tony Vellela explains that he means, potentially, just five or six people and not more than 30. Continue reading “Small Co-ops Are Beautiful”

Good to know, hard to find

Bulk buying clubs are friendly creatures – but often a little publicity shy! Most are simply ticking along as groups of friends who may have little need to recruit more members. They have no real use for a website or Facebook page and word-of-mouth may well be their only form of promotion. Continue reading “Good to know, hard to find”

Classic start-up checklist

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. Continue reading “Classic start-up checklist”