Monday, 23 December 2013

Orders for 8 January 2014

There are 203 orders from 9 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.


All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne, Laurell & Teresa.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

17 Bower Ave
21 Burnham
07 Comcare Addington
00 CSCGT
00 Discovery 
44 Eureka St
14 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
00 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
00 Opawa Baptist
00 Reformed Church in Hornby
00 Riccarton Community Church
28 Rolleston
00 Rowley Resource Centre
20 Salvation Army Sydenham
00 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
00 Spreydon School
00 St Mary's Heathcote
38 Tennyson St
00 Te Puawaitanga
00 Waltham Cottage
00 Waltham Youth Trust
14 West Spreydon School
203 Total

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Green Sheet #7 Christmas Edition 18/12/13


Dear Coordinators:     Very best wishes for the festive season to you, your hubs and families.

Thanks for your work and support for CSFVC. We have a lot of work to do in the next few months. See the attached summary of last week's planning meeting which touches on lots of the issues we will be working on over the summer.

Special thanks to those Distribution Centres and individuals that?are working on key projects for us: *the shop team at Rolleston, *those individuals who at are the backbone of the Packing Centre (Tennyson St and related groups in particular, and Hoon Hay),?and all those working in the background with Addington Action, and on sorting out our constitution and future ways of working.

We need help urgently. We need to keep working over the summer but the help does not need to come from you personally .    PLEASE: - Check whether any of your members have some time to help over the next month or so. We are not asking for anything major from any one person. We are asking for:

1. A contact person for your group so we can ask questions or seek feedback either by phone or on facebook. Conversations will be ongoing as we sort out ideas so this person (or people) needs to be able to check in every few days.

2. Volunteers from your group (or their friends and relations) to help with this work. This is a great opportunity to get involved in an activity that is really helping our communities. We need all sorts of help at different times.? Do you have someone your group who could get to know about the skills people have to offer? Maybe an elderly person has knowledge we can use. Perhaps a babyboomer who is retiring would like an interesting project. Perhaps a youth wants to find a voluntary activity to add to a CV.  We need to widen our network of support.

Please email info@csfvc.org.nz or ring Elaine (332 5902 or 021 993 259) about these two requests.




Orders for next year. 
* Distribution Hubs that have orders for 8 January need to post them onto TradeGecko tomorrow, 19 December.
* All others need to post them, as usual, on the Thursday prior to the Wednesday you collect the fruit and veges.  If this is a problem, talk directly to the folk in the Shop (shop@csfvc.org.nz). 

Herbs
* If your hub has herb orders outstanding please negotiate with Christine or Elaine during the packing time tomorrow.  We will sort what we can.  Remember they are a gift.  Hopefully we can all be happy. 

Green Sheets

* Green sheets will continue to appear on Wednesdays starting 8 Jan and there may be some additional ones if we want feedback on emerging ideas.  If you did not receive #6 by email please contact info@csfvc.org.nz to get on the mailing list.  Comments on ideas in Green Sheets are important ? they help us shape our future ? please ping them to "info" or into FaceBook.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Buy for 18 December

Hi Elaine etc

Coop buy for delivery tomorrow:
Banana 22 (1 pack ea)
Apples 36 (around 1kg ea)
Oranges 33 (around 1kg ea)
Broccoli 26 (1 ea)
Onion 21 (around 700g ea)
Courgette 17 (around 500g ea)
Plums 32 (around 500g ea)
Tomatoes 33 (1 pack ea)
Mango 47 (1ea)
Carrot 44 (1 bunch ea)

Happy Christmas and well done for all that hard work during 2013!

Cheers for now

Monday, 16 December 2013

Green Sheet #6 Brief Report on Council Planning Meeting 12/12/13


Very useful meeting - disappointing turn out - the group clarified lots of things including:

* There is a lot of work to be done over the summer.  We need to be able to form working groups that will work together on things like: (1) figuring out our constitution (which makes us a legal entity), our rules (which we must all abide by) and our policies (which guide the ways we work together) (2) clarifying all sorts of operational details related to things like (a) health and safety (b) finance and supplies (c) details around the operation of the Packing Centre (d) whether and how we bring in other produce.  This work needs to involve members who are NOT already linked into planning within our organisation.

* We need each Distribution (Hub)1 to realise that simply organising weekly orders and the volunteers for the Packing Centre does is not enough to run a Cooperative organisation like this.  We need each Distribution Hub to take on some responsibilities for the organisation as a whole.  (Green sheet 7, next Wednesday will ask each hub for support and we are also posting information about this to each member of the collective who has ordered this week.) 

* Not all Hubs organise themselves the same way.  Some have a small number of people doing a lot of the work because their members are not able to help or simply because it suits them.  Other hubs organise themselves around rosters and sometimes run into problems because members disappear just before their rostered slots.  Hubs can organise themselves as they like as long as they fit within the Constitution, Rules and Policies of CSFVC. 

* People at the meeting:  We appointed Brian as our Transitional Chair, Chris took formal minutes Karen is our treasurer.  She and Teresa are able to sign cheques/make payments.  We will arrange for Brian to also have that right.  Elaine continues to coordinate our activities in consultation with Brian and everyone.  Keith, Janet, Hugh, Paulette made up the rest of the group.  Nine out of 22 distribution centres were represented (with Hugh representing three).

* Supporting new Packing Centres:  Three Hubs from Opawa are leaving us to form a new Packing Centre.  This is a good thing because it will allow both us and them to grow and therefore support more families in getting cheap and varied fruit and veges.  We supported the idea that the portion of our accumulated funds that has been accrued by these hubs should go to them to help set up their organisation.  This would apply ONLY to hubs that are setting up NEW packing centres.  This motion will come to Council (a) as a principle and then (b) in detail for the Opawa groups when we know more about the finances of CSFVC (Addington Action is still working on details).

Friday, 13 December 2013

Orders for 18 December

There are 647 orders from 20 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.


All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne, Laurell & Teresa.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

45 Bower Ave
26 Burnham
09 Comcare Addington
00 CSCGT
00 Discovery 
50 Eureka St
19 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
35 Reformed Church in Hornby
46 Riccarton Community Church
32 Rolleston
40 Rowley Resource Centre
28 Salvation Army Sydenham
16 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
09 Spreydon School
15 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
27 Te Puawaitanga
50 Waltham Cottage
20 Waltham Youth Trust
30 West Spreydon School
647 Total

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Green Sheet #5 11/12/13


Routine Matters
1. Herb Plants  Coordinators- please let me know how many herb plants your Distribution Centre was short of when we distributed them earlier ? there will have more plants here next week - plenty of mint and some more parsley and chives. 

2. HELP PLEASE: The shed - As agreed at our last meeting we have bought a kitset shed to store our equipment at our Packing Centre.  We need a small team of workers to collect the shed which is now at Bunnings and erect it in the yard behind the office at Hoon Hay Church. 

3. 2014:   We are back in business on January 8, 2014.  As usual, you will need to have your orders in the previous week.  To those who are regular workers at the Packing Centre - a question - do you see any problems arising in any of your areas?  We can cover everything as long as we can predict our problems.  We will have smaller numbers and fewer volunteers ? no problem!?!

4. The arrival time of the truck:  Canterbury Freight have a problem for the next two weeks because of the Christmas rush.  They will do their best and they will keep Jonny is kept informed about progress.  If they are late again this week we might agree to call volunteers in for 9:15am rather than 9:00am next week.  They will be okay about being earlier in the New Year.

5. CSFVC website:  Did you know that   csfvc.org.nz   is the web address for the site where all our notices appear?  Each week Teresa posts information about how many orders each Distribution Center has made and on Tuesdays Craig posts information about what fruit and veges he has bought.  Green sheets also appear on this website. 

CSFVC Council Planning Meeting : 7:30pm Thursday 12 December
at Sydenham Community Centre
All Distribution Centres should be represented if at all possible (We have had a couple of apologies from individuals ? but hopefully someone else from those groups can attend) ? there is one vote per Centre. 
Brian has agreed to act as Chair in the interim until we sort out our constitution etc.   The treasurer and signatories will be the same as for Addington Action in the short term. We need a Secretary. 

The meeting will begin with a workshop where we clarify current ideas and questions ? the diagram on the back of this sheet gives some idea of how CSFVC as a whole operates and involves us all as part of a complex organisation.  Any points raised in the Green Sheets can also be explored.   The workshop will develop recommendations that will be taken to business meeting which follows it. 

The business meeting will follow the workshop.   We aim to finish at 9:00 pm. 
How it all works: 


The CSFVC Council Planning Meeting : 
We will (1) resolve as many matters as we can on the night and (2) identify working groups to report to our next meeting with clear recommendations on other issues.

Contact details:  Elaine can be contacted info@addingtonaction.org.nz   OR   phone 027 210 5042
OR   Message Elaine on Facebook OR home phone 332 5902

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Buy for 11 December

Hi all

Here's today's buy:
Bananas - 47 boxes (Bobby - 1 pack ea)
Pumpkin - 20 crates (Grey - cut into thirds)
Cherry Tomatoes - 35 crates (1 punnet ea)
Hydro lettuce - 58 (1 ea)
Pak Choi - 34 crates (.5kg approx ea)
Strawberries - 24 crates (I punnet ea)
Nectarines - 35 boxes (.5kg approx ea)

Also, a bin of oranges. These will be charged variously on your delivery and
invoice sheet but it is 1 bin of oranges. You'll need to break these bags
open. Each weighs 1.5 kg
Oranges - 1 bin (.6kg approx ea)

NB: The nectarines are pretty well ripe and ready to eat. As usual, because
I'm buying at the ripe and affordable end, check all fruit carefully. May
need to toss the occasional item.

Cheers

Friday, 6 December 2013

Orders for 11 December

There are 689 orders from 20 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.


All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne, Laurell & Teresa.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

36 Bower Ave
27 Burnham
10 Comcare Addington
00 CSCGT
00 Discovery 
50 Eureka St
23 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
40 Reformed Church in Hornby
44 Riccarton Community Church
38 Rolleston
45 Rowley Resource Centre
32 Salvation Army Sydenham
19 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
14 Spreydon School
17 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
32 Te Puawaitanga
50 Waltham Cottage
33 Waltham Youth Trust
29 West Spreydon School
689 Total

Green Sheet #4 - 4 December

Wow - what a cooperative crowd we are - thank you to all who have talked with me or texted or emailed me about things to do with the Coop.  By working together we are achieving much. 

1. Addington Action's Transitional committee is meeting at 5pm this evening at 188 Strickland St.  Please note that the coordinators of all Distribution Hubs have been invited to be members of Addington Action.  There is a full General Meeting of Addington Action scheduled for 18 December - same time same place. Let Elaine know if you would like an agenda and more details (**Contact details are below).

2. CSFVC Planning Meeting - Thursday 12 December at Sydenham Community Centre.  All Distribution Hubs should be represented if at all possible (We have had a couple of apologies from individuals - but hopefully someone else from those groups can attend). 
We need to elect some Transitional Office Bearers and an Organisational Planning group who can follow through on the key ideas we agree on at the meeting.  My role is as Transitional Coordinator and I (Elaine) will carry on doing that job until CSFVC Inc (or whatever) is set up as a separate organisation.

We need (1) a Transitional Chair (someone who knows the organisation well and has a wise head). The Chair would be in contact with me and guide my work - we would both collect ideas and information for the good of the group. Please think about who this person (or people - we could have a couple) could be. The transitional chair would not need to be the permanent chair. 

We also need (2) a planning group and a secretary and treasurer (we have some offers from earlier meetings). The planning group will work on the way the organisation will operate in the longer term. We need to look at a possible constitution, clarify our rules, consolidate out ways of communicating, figure out who will join teams to do with ordering supplies we need (eg first aid and bags, and the shed)etc etc. Who is interested in clarifying this stuff? There is no need for a person joining in the planning to be expert in anything - you will learn heaps if you get involved - and no-one will be cornered into doing more than they want to! BUt we do need some careful thinking. This is a collaborative, cooperative effort in which we all support each other.

3. Herb Plants - there has been both confusion and tolerance around herb orders.  More herbs are coming and we should be able to sort things out next week or the one after.  I wonder if we might use the shop to clarify what is still required but I have not had time to talk this over with them - because of the magnificent swapping last week I guess the records of who-needs-what are utterly out of date! 

4. First aid Course - Gretchen is not well and cannot attend the first aid course she was booked in for on Monday and the following Monday (I think) again, I do not know details ? but if someone else is able to go in her place, then please have a word with me or Karen. 

Addington Action Contacts
** Elaine checks the following as both Secretary and Coordinator for CSFVC transition info@addingtonaction.org.nz   OR   phone 022 343 0859   OR   Message Elaine on Facebook
OR if you are a landline specialist use my personal landline number 03 3325902

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Buy for 4 December

Hi all...
Buy for tomorrow:

Banana 47 (1 bag ea)
Tomato 36 (1 pack ea)
Lettuce 59 (1 ea)
Broccoli 29 (1 ea)
Carrot 36 (1 bunch ea)
Strawberry 24 (1 punnet ea)
Apricot 35 (.5 kg ea. nb: watch for brown spot!)
Green Capsicum 22 (1 ea)

Cheers

Craig

Friday, 29 November 2013

Orders for 4 December

There are 703 orders from 22 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.

All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne, Laurell & Teresa.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

38 Bower Ave
24 Burnham
09 Comcare Addington
01 CSCGT
27 Discovery 
50 Eureka St
20 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
39 Reformed Church in Hornby
40 Riccarton Community Church
38 Rolleston
42 Rowley Resource Centre
33 Salvation Army Sydenham
19 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
14 Spreydon School
17 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
35 Te Puawaitanga
50 Waltham Cottage
29 Waltham Youth Trust
28 West Spreydon School
703 Total

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Green Sheet #3 - 27 November

Packing Centre volunteers — please give this sheet to your Distribution Centre coordinator — it contains important information. It is also on the web at <addingtonaction.org.nz>

1. Herbs: Chch Sth Community Garden Trust have provided our herbs. They were short of parsley and chives and we have excess mint. This means each Distribution Centre can get the number of plants they ordered. More parsley and chives will be available before Christmas so those who missed getting exactly what they want this week can get them in a fortnight or three weeks.

2. Our transition to an independent organisation:  Elaine has been working with Mike to ensure that there is continuity for CSFVC — she is not replacing him — we all are. She is coordinating the transition. So far we have shown ourselves we can keep the show running. The next big step is to sort out ideas to bring to our next meeting"of "Council" which will be on Thursday 12 December. "Council" is where one person from each Distribution Centre has a vote. Other members of Distribution Centres and people working on particular tasks for CSFVC need to be involved in decision making - but.there is only one vote per Distribution Centre.

3. Planning group: We need a small planning group who will prepare details for us to discuss at our 12 December meeting. This group can also use the FaceBook page to share ideas. A face-to-face meeting of half a dozen or more people could really help sort out what we need to discuss. Suggestions are needed. Who is interested - what needs discussing. Use the FaceBook page this week to get discussion going — maybe some of us could meet somewhere for a chat? Make a suggestion ... Also, we need to identify someone to chair the meeting and sort out an agenda etc.

4. Topics for discussion at the Council meeting include:
• Setting ourselves up as an independent organisation (Incorporated Society?) in the New Year • Consolidating our ways of working (our rules) and identifying issues that need to be addressed
before we become incorporated
• Identifying our interim leaders (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer) and working groups (around issues we need to clarify)

5. New faces! Fresh opportunities: We have some great workers who do things for CSFVC every week. We need new faces, we need to rotate jobs, we need to build up lots of experience, we need to build up skills. A cooperative enterprise involves beginners and experienced people working together. Please encourage your members to join in and take part in ways that they are able.

CSFVC Council Meeting
CSFVC Council meeting: Thursday 12 December at Sydenham Community Centre at 7: 30 pm

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Buy for 27 November

Hi all
Co-op buy for delivery tomorrow...

Banana (Bobby packs) - 48 boxes
Squash (cut in half with the 'Miracle Des Cutter') - 30 crates
Gourmet Potato (2kg prepacks) - 72 paper bags each containing 10 prepacks
Strawberries (1 punnet ea) - could come in crates of either 30's or 45's or mix of both.
Gold Kiwifruit (1 prepack bag ea) - 79 crates
Courgette (approx .5kg ea) - 24 crates
Tomatoes (1 prepack ea) - 36 crates
Purple sugarsnap peas (1 prepack ea) - 16 crates

Cheers
Craig

Friday, 22 November 2013

Orders for 27 November

There are 711 orders from 21 of the 21 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.

All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne, Laurell & Teresa.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

32 Bower Ave
27 Burnham
10 Comcare Addington
  0 CSCGT
26 Discovery 
50 Eureka St
19 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
36 Reformed Church in Hornby
40 Riccarton Community Church
36 Rolleston
44 Rowley Resource Centre
34 Salvation Army Sydenham
20 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
15 Spreydon School
22 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
33 Te Puawaitanga
50 Waltham Cottage
36 Waltham Youth Trust
31 West Spreydon School
711 Total

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Green sheet #2 - 20 November Communications, the shop, and our organisation

1. Green sheets contain important updates, information and requests for Distribution Centres and people who are doing specific tasks in the interests of CSFVC. They will appear on csfvc.org.nz and also be on display and handed out at the Packing Centre each Wednesday morning. Please discuss on Facebook (or in other ways and then ensure key ideas gets through to the right people).

2. ABOUT the internet. You do not need to be into computing, blogs and facebook etc. to be a member of a Distribution Centre. The bottom line is that (1) each Centre must to be able to put their orders into the system correctly by using TradeGecko and (2) at least one person per Centre must have access to the Internet and be able to read the blog and use Facebook.

3. FROM THE SHOP: Order herb plants this week: Thanks to Chch Sth Community Gardens we have 300 mint plants, 100 parsley plants and 100 chive plants to give away next week. Distribution Centres: Please order what you would like through the shop. Note that we CANNOT guarantee that you will get what you want – but we will share them out as fairly as we can when we know what the actual orders are.

4. FROM THE SHOP: Ordering through the shop: Adrienne and Laurelle really need everyone to fill out their orders correctly in TradeGecko. This week there will be a Facebook page set up especially for the shop so that those people who do the ordering can check stuff out there. We need to know the email address for each person who does the ordering so that we can contact people easily.

5. ABOUT THE SHOP: email address: shop@csfvc.org.nz for questions, suggestions, comments etc. The shop team have done a magnificent job getting up to speed – congratulations to Adrienne, Laurelle, and Theresa.

6. PLANNING the ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE: We need at least one member of each Distribution Centre to be aware of planning about how this organisation will operate. The diagram on the back of this page is a summary of one possible way of organising ourselves.

7. REQUEST: The yellow form that came from the packing shed with this green sheet asks for information about who to contact about what, and how. Please fill it in and return it in any one of the ways suggested. Coordinators, please forward the info asap.

Thanks everyone

Elaine Mayo (Secretary of Addington Action in Transition)
Ph 332 5902 or 021 993259 or
friends@addingtonaction.org.nz

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Yellow sheet - 20 November seeking information from Distribution Centres

Yellow sheet – Request for information.   

Distribution Centre ______________________________

You are welcome to send this information to me (Elaine) through Facebook, by email, scan or ring me. 
This information will be used only by CSFVC – if there are confidentiality problems with email or phones, please let us know.   
  
If possible, please add names, email addresses and phone numbers for new person listed.  
  
  1.   Who is your representative on Council?  (Please name one person we can contact – someone else can be the delegate at any particular meeting.)
  2. Who does your ordering on TradeGecko? (Please name one person we can contact – someone else can actually make the orders if trained.
  3. Who will work with (or liaise with) the planning group?  (We will make contact with the Council representative but anyone else is more than welcome - people can join later but if you know of several people, please add their details.)
  4. Who is involved in working on particular jobs for CSFVC as a whole?  Names and emails and phones if possible, please. 




Elaine Mayo (Secretary of Addington Action in Transition)
Ph 332 5902 or 021 993259 or
info@addingtonaction.org.nz



Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Buy for 20 November

Hi

Hope you're all geared up to battle with the goodies tomorrow.

Packing should be very straight forward. Only the cucumbers to cut (in half).
Bananas (Bobby packs) - 46 cardboard boxes
Carrots (tied in bunches with tops still on - 1 bunch ea) - 35 crates
Strawberries (small 'gourmet' - 1 punnet ea) - 23 crates
Apples (USA imported - 1 kg approx ea) - 36 cardboard boxes
Asparagas (250g bunched - 1 bunch ea) - 15 crates
Tomatoes (loose - 500g approx ea ) - 23 crates
Telegraph cucumbers (cut in half) - 14 crates
Cauliflower (small but perfectly formed! - should go easily into bags - 1 ea) - 69 crates

Enjoy!

PS: Saw the first nectarines in the market today so look forward to stone fruit some time.

Cheers
Craig

Friday, 15 November 2013

Orders for 20 November

There are 681 orders from 21 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.

All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne & Laurell.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

32 Bower Ave
23 Burnham
  9 Comcare Addington
  0 CSCGT
28 Discovery 50 Eureka St
19 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
34 Reformed Church in Hornby
44 Riccarton Community Church
32 Rolleston
37 Rowley Resource Centre
31 Salvation Army Sydenham
18 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
12 Spreydon School
20 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
31 Te Puawaitanga
50 Waltham Cottage
33 Waltham Youth Trust
28 West Spreydon School
681 Total

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Green Sheet 1# - 13 November

To         Distribution Centres about the organisation of CSFVC and “Replacing Mike” 
From    Elaine on 13/11/13

At last Wednesday’s F&V meeting I offered to pull together some kind of action plan based on the ideas that had been expressed in the meeting. I have since talked with Mike and Cherylan about all this.

The following is a brief summary of ideas that are emerging around the topic of “replacing Mike.” These notes will be on the agenda for the meeting at the Packing Centre today. Slight changes might be made as a result of discussions today and the adjusted notes will then go onto our Blog.  Please discuss them in your Centres. If your Centre has any questions or concerns about any of the ideas please raise them on Facebook or bring them to the next Packing day on 20/11/13.

1.    Mike is irreplaceable therefore we need to work together to cover all the things he does for the Coop.

2.    We must work smart:
  • efficiently,
  • cautiously,
  • collaboratively

3.    We need to form working groups around key activities and big questions. The working groups will bring recommendations to Coop meetings for ratification.

4.    We need a legal entity /administration working group

5.    The shop is working well apart from teething problems; we have a shop team so no working group is needed. 

6.    A packing centre working group needs to deal with all the Wednesday morning organisation. 
 
7.    A communications working group will clarify how ideas can be shared and discussed.  This is important so that our members can work together so that we remain an organisation that can adapt to changing pressures through efficient and inclusive collaboration.  

Note – just trying to clarify the language used above, do we agree that:
  • CSFVC is made up of Distribution Centres – each Distribution Centre has one vote.
  • People who belong to Distribution Centres are members of their Distribution Centres.
  • Working groups and teams are made up of members of various Distribution Centres who are working on specific activities in the interests of the society.

Packing Centre News for 13 November

Kia ora koutou

I'm Elaine from Manuka reporting in on news from the Packing Centre yesterday.

(1) Thanks to everyone - we had a great day yesterday. We had three people sharing Mike's organiser role (Jonny outdoors, Cherylan indoors and me on communication and anything else that came up). That system seemed to work well so we will stick with it for next week.

(2) Mint and parsley plants can be ordered through the shop next week (20/11/13) and collected the following week. There will be no charge for these. They another example of how Mike's planning is designed to support self-sufficiency. We cannot guarantee that everyone will get what they request because 500 plants have been ordered and we currently pack more 700 orders) but we are hoping there will be enough for everyone who wants them.

(3) Help please: CSFVC has bought a shed which needs to be assembled at the Packing Centre next Wednesday morning. Need a couple of helpers from 8am to help Mike. Tools supplied.

(4) Ongoing developments and discussions. The green sheet that was given out to each Distribution Centre yesterday is an update and progress report on current ideas. Please see the FaceBook page for discussion - one important thing is that we would like to know who is interested in being on the working groups. I will start a discussion threads around this - or if you have any other suggestions, offers, requests or issues. If you are not using FaceBook please make contact with me directly (details below).

(5) Emerging issues and questions about ways of working. Lots of ideas were shared yesterday: concerns, suggestions, questions, offers. I plan to put out another "green sheet" next week to update us all. The main concerns to do with the Packing Centre yesterday were fairly minor teething problems that the "Packing Centre Working Group" can sort during the week. They include: a) whether different Distribution Centres were doing their fair share of work and whether some individuals had jobs that were too big or went on for too long, (b) whether there were too many bosses, sometimes with conflicting instructions and (c) how we were going to ensure that all the supplies we need are in stock.

My contact details are:
email: friends@addingtonaction.org.nz
text: 021993259
phone: 03 3325902

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Pensacola to Te Puawaitanga

The Pensacola Distribution Centre has shifted to Te Puawaitanga as of tomorrow.

Te Puawaitanga
153 Gilberthorpes Road, Broomfield
Co-op inquiries Dawn Scott 027-529-6774
https://www.facebook.com/groups/183693371797155
Wednesdays 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Open to anyone
[Has vacancies]

Buy for 13 November

Hi Everyone

 I'm Teresa from the Tennyson group, I'm taking over from Mike to do the updates on here.

Heres the buy for tomorrow 13 Nov

Banana 47 (bobby packs)
Grapes 88 (1 bag ea)
Lettuce 59 (hydro - 1 ea)
Shanghai 35 (500g ea)
Red Capsicum 15 (1 ea)
Avocado 15 (2 ea)
Apples 39 (1kg ea)

Prices are high at the moment.
I spent a bit extra to get everyone a whole bag of grapes.

Cheers
Craig

Monday, 11 November 2013

Replacing Mike! Impossible - but this is the plan for Wednesday :)

Hi, Everyone, kia ora koutou, Elaine here.

 I had a big chat with Mike today, and Cherylan, Johnny and I have talked about some details and we have a plan. This week we will share the job Mike usually does and Mike will be around to watch and help us out if necessary.

 It will be business as usual on Wednesday, but with a slightly different way of dealing with the notices at 9:00am (or thereabouts). We will update folk who are there this week about what has happened in the last week and we will be explaining some ideas about how CSFVC might work in the future.

The ideas discussed will then be posted in this blog and will also be emailed to Coordinators later in the day. This will give groups the opportunity to discuss ideas using FaceBook or face-to-face in their Distribution Centres.

The aim is to avoid having evening meetings by gradually developing a way of networking so that ideas are discussed openly and shared efficiently.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

St Albans Dental Centre helps co-op members

Earlier today, 25 members of CSFVC were given free dental treatment by 16 staff at St Albans Dental Centre who had volunteered to come in on a day off.

This kind effort was organised by Jo and Megan from the centre at very short notice.

Every patient got a teeth clean and full examination. Some needed fillings or extractions. Everyone received a goody bag of useful stuff to help look after their teeth.

And Richard Bassett won the electric toothbrush.

Sponsorship
  • Oral B
  • Ivoclar
  • Colgate
  • Marshlands Produce
  • 3M
  • Dentsply
  • GSK
  • Oraltec

Thank you everyone who helped.









Friday, 8 November 2013

Orders for 13 November

There are 703 orders from 21 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.

All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne & Laurell.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

35 Bower Ave
25 Burnham
15 Comcare Addington
  0 CSCGT
25 Discovery
50 Eureka St
24 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
31 Reformed Church in Hornby
50 Riccarton Community Church
29 Rolleston
35 Rowley Resource Centre
35 Salvation Army Sydenham
23 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
  8 Spreydon School
18 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
28 Te Puawaitanga
50 Waltham Cottage
40 Waltham Youth Trust
32 West Spreydon School
703 Total

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Waltham groups to set up a separate co-op

Opawa Baptist, Waltham Cottage and Waltham Youth Trust have decided to leave the Christchurch South Fruit & Veggie Co-op (CSFVC) and establish a separate co-op for the Waltham area.

They plan on the new co-op being operating by end of November. Craig Dixon is assisting them with opening trade accounts with suppliers, health & safety and how to order a bulk delivery of fruit & veggies once a week to distribute.

The 3 groups currently order 140 fruit & veggie packs each week via CSFVC.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Buy for 6 November

Buy for tomorrow

Banana  47 (Bobby packs)
Lettuce 47 (hearts in bags)
Tangelo 24 (approx 700g ea)
Capsicum / Red 14 (one each)
Broccoli 28 (one each)
Pumpkin 22 (cut in half)
Kiwi fruit /Gold 77 (1kg ea)
Tomato / Vine 28 (500g ea so some vines will need to be cut)

Craig

Friday, 1 November 2013

Orders for 6 November

Fruit & Veggies
There are 694 orders from 21 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.

All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne & Laurell.


Training will next be provided to Teresa Bassett of Tennyson St who will be the third shop manager.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

36 Bower Ave
24 Burnham
21 Comcare Addington
  0 CSCGT
21 Discovery
50 Eureka St
22 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
31 Pensacola Cres
32 Reformed Church in Hornby
50 Riccarton Community Church
28 Rolleston
38 Rowley Resource Centre
29 Salvation Army Sydenham
19 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
  8 Spreydon School
19 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
50 Waltham Cottage
40 Waltham Youth Trust
26 West Spreydon School
694 Total

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Buy for 30 October

Buy for this week:
Banana - 48 boxes of bobbys (one pack ea)
Tomatoes - 36 crates of vine tomatoes (500g ea approx)
Broccoli - 29 crates (one head ea)
Carrot - 28 crates (.7kg approx ea)
Grapefruit - 46 boxes (imported pink flesh. 1kg ea approx)
Potato - 71 paper bags (one 2kg bag ea)
Onions - 18 bags (approx .5kg ea) - Sorry, no pre pack bags
Grapes - 72 crates (approx 1 bag ea)

Also purchased the potatoes you ordered. No 5kg bags unfortunately so you'll
need to repack.
Purchased:
2 x 10kg Ilam Hardy (In crates not bags. You'll have 5kg spare)
2 x 10kg Rua (You'll have 5kg spare)
3 x 10kg Van Rosa

Craig

Friday, 25 October 2013

Orders for 30 October

Fruit & Veggies
There are 706 orders from 21 of the 22 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.

All of the orders were submitted via the new on-line shop on TradeGecko. The orders were processed by Co-op Shop Managers Adrienne & Laurell.

A purchase order generated by TradeGecko was then emailed to Craig Dixon, the buyer for the co-ops in Christchurch.

35 Bower Ave
25 Burnham
  8 Comcare Addington
  0 CSCGT
36 Discovery
50 Eureka St
25 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
32 Pensacola Cres
33 Reformed Church in Hornby
50 Riccarton Community Church
28 Rolleston
38 Rowley Resource Centre
33 Salvation Army Sydenham
24 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
  6 Spreydon School
22 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
50 Waltham Cottage
35 Waltham Youth Trust
26 West Spreydon School
706 Total

Also an extra 50Kg of bagged spuds were ordered by some of the distribution centres.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Free dental visit

A very generous offer has been made to CSFVC by a Christchurch dental surgery.

35 free appointments are being offered of a free dental visit for adults.

Appointments are between 1pm-5pm on Saturday 9 November in St Albans. An appointment card will be posted out to the patient by the dental surgery.

The patient is to be a member of CSFVC and be nominated by their distribution centre co-ordinator.

1 or 2 forms were issued yesterday to each distribution centre based on the number of members and are to be filled in legibly and returned to the packing centre next Wednesday October 30. The completed forms will then be dropped off to the dental surgery for them to process.

Free Dental Visit spaces available
9/11/2013
2 Bower Ave
2 Burnham
1 Comcare Addington
2 Discovery
2 Eureka St
2 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
2 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
2 Opawa Baptist
2 Pensacola Cres
2 Reformed Church in Hornby
2 Riccarton Community Church
2 Rolleston
2 Rowley Resource Centre
2 Salvation Army Sydenham
2 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
1 St Marys Heathcote
2 Tennyson St
2 Waltham Cottage
1 Waltham Youth Trust
2 West Spreydon School

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Truck now picks up empty crates

Truck driver Ricky from Canterbury Freight now comes every Wednesday to pickup the pallets and empty crates from the CSFVC packing centre to return them for a credit. At the moment it is around 12.30pm but it is hoped it may be possible in future to be at 11am so someone from the co-op can be around to sign the returns docket.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Buy for 23 October

Buy today as follows:

Banana 47 (Bobbys)
Asparagus 18 (250g ea)
Cos Lettuce 58 (one ea)
Tomato 36 (1 pack ea)
Black Grape 71 (1 900gm pack ea)
Apple 39 (1 kg ea)
Swede 35 (1 ea)

Very easy packing this week.
Not as much in terms of bulk but some new seasonal items (asparagus and tomato)
Booked in some broccoli for next week. Has been very expensive of late but doing a deal with a grower.


Craig Dixon

Friday, 18 October 2013

Xmas shutdown

The last day in 2013 for packing and distributing fruit & veggies is Wednesday 18 December.

The first day in 2014 for packing and distributing fruit & veggies is Wednesday 8 January.

Orders for 23 October

Fruit & Veggies
There are 685 orders from 21 of the 23 CSFVC distribution centres for fruit and veggies.

  0 Addington Action
44  Bower Ave
25 Burnham
  9 Comcare Addington
  1 CSCGT
34 Discovery
50 Eureka St
20 Hoon Hay Presbyterian
50 Manuka Cottage at Church Sq
50 Opawa Baptist
34 Pensacola Cres
33 Reformed Church in Hornby
50 Riccarton Community Church
28 Rolleston
37 Rowley Resource Centre
31 Salvation Army Sydenham
24 Spreydon Baptist Cobham Hall
  0 Spreydon School
18 St Mary's Heathcote
50 Tennyson St
50 Waltham Cottage
20 Waltham Youth Trust
27 West Spreydon School
685 Total