Beechworth Food Coop ~ next level collaboration

Farming Together

Type: Case Study
Knowledge level: Introductory


  • Hume, Victoria, Australia 3747


  • Farming Together stream: Expert Support
  • Case: 2660
  • Group Name: Beechworth Food Co-operative
  • Product/industry: mixed crops

The group and challenge
Beechworth Food Co-op is an Australian cooperative success story. Located in picturesque Beechworth in rural Victoria, the Coop launched three and a half years ago and grew to 800 members within two years.

The original purpose of the Coop was to provide a clear path for regional growers to tap into local demand and for consumers to purchase fresh, locally grown produce with minimal ‘food miles’. The Coop, supplied by about 35 growers, has consistently recorded solid sales growth.

The challenge was to decide: either to grow to the next level with larger and more sophisticated retail premises; or maintain the status quo.

Members and volunteers, supporting the Co-op’s retail services. A welcoming shopfront.

Farming Together Services and Support
The Coop is driven by a small band of hard-working volunteers who lacked the time required to objectively analyse the growth opportunities. Farming Together provided expert advisors to help the Coop work through the logistics and financial implications of expanding and moving to larger premises.

Expert Services delivered

  • Business proposal development
  • Financial feasibility of relocation
  • Strategic planning