food co-operatives

Food Co-operatives

Food Co-operatives are not-for-profit organisations that are dedicated to reducing the environmental and ecological cost of food production, whilst offering wholesome and organic foods to members and the public. A key principle is that goods are are minimally packaged and minimally processed. Usually there is a fee which entitles members to a discount, and often further discounts can be obtained through volunteering.

In the Illawarra, The Flame Tree Community Co-op provides bulk, local, organic wholefoods to the wider community. Anyone can buy from the co-op, and you can receive additional discounts by becoming a member or volunteering. The Co-op hopes to link local growers and producers such as organic farmers, market gardeners and community gardeners with consumers in their local area to boost the local economy, and decrease packaging and food miles.

The Co-op is located at 355 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Thirroul 2515. For more information visit: