How the co-op works


Consensus Decision Making

Alfalfa House makes decisions using consensus decision-making. Members are encouraged to have direct input into co-op policy such as what products are stocked and what services are offered. One way is through the Members’ Council (MC), the board of directors, which is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each spring. However, members can be nominated at other times if there are fewer than seven directors.

General Meetings

The AGM and any Special General Meeting — held at the request of members proposing changes to the co-op that require wide membership approval — is open to any member to attend and vote.

Members’ Council

The MC, which comprises between four and seven members, oversees the co-op’s financial management and general policy-making.

All members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings, which are held at 7pm, venue details below.

2019 meeting dates:

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Venue: P&V Wine Merchants (upstairs), 64 Enmore Road Newtown (pending confirmation from premises)

  • Wednesday 27 February
  • Wednesday 27 March
  • Wednesday 24 April
  • Wednesday 22 May
  • Wednesday 26 June
  • Wednesday 24 July
  • Wednesday 28 August
  • Wednesday 25 September
  • Wednesday 23 October
  • Wednesday 27 November
  • Wednesday 18 December
  • Wednesday 22 January (2020)

Typical agenda

A typical MC meeting agenda would include:

  • Attendance, apologies
  • Approval of agenda
  • Consent agenda
    • Adoption of previous minutes
    • New members and cancellations
    • Out-of-session decisions/proposals
    • Reports from working groups
    • Manager’s report
    • Staffing (appointments, resignations)
    • Deferred matters / business arising
    • Food grants
    • Workplace health and safety
  • Proposals for consideration
  • Other business

Meeting minutes and agendas

View meeting minutes from previous member’s Council meeting, and agendas for upcoming meetings.

Volunteering

As we are owned and run by members, we are always in need of volunteers and have a variety of different jobs available. Find out how you can volunteer at Alfalfa House Food Co-op.

Working Groups

Aside from volunteering in the shop, volunteers make up the people-power behind these working groups:

  • Community outreach
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Marketing
  • Shop development
  • Staff Liaison
  • Sustainability
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Website