How the co-op is run

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 nine members, oversees the co-op’s financial management and general policy-making. All members are welcome to attend the monthly meetings, the times and dates of which will be announced each month.  Alfalfa House Co-op rules.

Members’ Council meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday or Thursday of every month, at a venue nearby to Alfalfa House. To find out about the next meeting, and for minutes of previous meetings, visit the Alfalfa House wiki.


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