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Vokomokum.Organic Food Collective.

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Published on Feb 4, 2010

VOKOMOKUM is an organic food co-operative in Amsterdam.
Simply said, a co op is a collective where everyone shares the workload for the benefit of the whole. In our case everyone puts in a few hours every few months and all members enjoy the benefit of organic food at wholesale prices with a 5% markup. The markup covers costs such as breakage, internet banking fees, website, and investments such as deposits on roll containers.. Orders are placed in bulk - this means that some orders might not go through each month.
VOKOMOKUM is growing collective of diverse people who want to get their food in an honest and social way. It is being developed on the model of a workers or consumers co-op, whereby each member does their bit. Orders are placed monthly and the pick-up day is the last Sunday of the month at Plantagedok, within the framework of the 'coswecan' DIY cafe. Vokomokum is not an on line shop. We are a hands on co op, not just a pick up point for what you have ordered on line. This is an important aspect of the 'voko' - its not just about getting good food, but also about social contact and community building.
W h a t c a n y o u e x p e c t
f r o m b e i n g a m e m b e r o f V O K O M O K U M ?
Good quality organic food at almost wholesale prices. A new social network of people from diverse backgrounds with diverse skills. Within a few months of becoming a member, huge savings in time and money.
To order, one must first become a member, print off the membership form on the website and bring it to your first meeting. A non-refundable membership fee [€10 per vhead per household max €50] will be added to your first bill. New members are expected to attend a meeting (held on the last Sunday of the month coinciding with the pick up day at Plantagedok) before they can place an order. This can be seen as an orientation and introduction to the co op and also gives new members an opportunity to meet other members and browse the product list. Due to lack of storage space at Plantage Dok members are expected to collect their order on the pick up day or arrange someone else to collect the order.
All members are expected to do a shift every so often to evenly distribute the workload and to familiarize themselves with how the co op runs. The idea is that everyone should be capable of doing every task within the co op thus making sure that everyone feels that they have equal shares in the co op and the non-hierarchical structure is copperfasted. People can also donate their time in other ways such as providing help with IT issues, finding new sources for food, administrative assistance, etc.
Music: Farben Lehre "Pogodna"

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