"Local Food for Local People:
Healthy Food for Healthy People"
The Bathurst Wholefood Cooperative was established in November 2011 in response to requests from the public to be able to purchase local and organic foods more regularly than the monthly farmers’ markets and to provide a market for produce generated by the local farming community. The shop front was opened in Bathurst in January 2012.
As a food cooperative the BWC is owned and operated by its members. It is a not-for-profit organisation and so any surplus that is made from its operations are used to provide better and more affordable products and expand operations.
Become part of an organisation dedicated to supporting local farmers, and bringing locally grown, farm fresh produce to the people of Bathurst.
Co-operatives are different from other forms of incorporation because of their member ownership, democratic structure and the use of funds for mutual, rather than individual, benefit.
The core values of are Co-operative are that of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Their members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
- To purchase locally grown and/or organic foods and related products, for sale to co-operative members and the wider community;
- To work in conjunction with existing organisations to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of buying/consuming locally sourced produce;
- To work in conjunction with existing organisations to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of buying/consuming organic produce; and
- To promote and/or create a route to market for local/organic produce generated by the local farming community.
Passionate about good health and good food grown by local farmers?
Looking for somewhere to buy or sell locally grown produce?
Want organic, fair-trade, ethically sourced or artisan produced?
At the Bathurst Wholefood Co-operative we believe that fresh is best and locally grown is even better!
The Bathurst Wholefood Co-Op relies on volunteers for running all parts of the business. Primarily we need volunteers to help out in the shop, but there are also many other roles you can do too! Volunteers make up 95% of the team that keep the Co-Op thriving. Volunteers are the glue that keeps the Co-Op together and our community alive.