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What is NOC? The Newport Organic Collective

NOC is a community based, not for profit business, run by exclusively by volunteers – we have no paid personnel.  In exchange for contributing our time and a small annual membership fee ($35), we are able to purchase, for $30, a weekly box of certified organic fruit and veggies direct from the farmer with the option to also purchase organic breads.  During the year we also arrange occasional dry goods bulk purchases of grocery items (e.g. nuts, rice, flour, legumes, oils etc.). From time to time we make bulk purchases of environmentally sustainable items such as ‘What the Crap’ toilet paper, tissues and stainless steel drink bottles (EcoTankas).

Members are also able to borrow various items of equipment owned by the membership.  These include a food dehydrator.

How it Works

We currently purchase the majority of our produce direct from a farmer, Green Gully Organics.  Every Thursday the farmer delivers pre-sorted boxes to a location in Champion Rd, Williamstown by 2pm. Members living in close proximity arrange shared pickup and delivery among themselves with the aid of the member contact list. You can order multiple boxes up to 30 days in advance, but you do not need to order a box every week.

Benefits of Membership

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NOC Community

Get to know your local NOC members and participate in the group as much or as little as you wish.  Occasionally we have social functions. The NOC grapevine is a great source of community information about all things organic and related sustainability and local topics.
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Sourdough Bread and Produce Boxes

Produce boxes and bread are available for pickup on Thursdays (or delivered by fellow NOC members on a rostered basis if you organise it).  You don't have to order each week and you can order bread with or without produce.  Orders need to be submitted by the Monday prior to delivery (noon for bread and midnight for produce). Produce varies from week to week and is seasonal. We try to buy local and try to avoid imports.  
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Equipment for Borrowing

NOC has a food dehydrator which members are able to borrow. You can dry all manner of fruit and vegetables in it and the unit is large so you can do it in bulk. There is no fee for members, however payment of a bond is required.  
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Organic Dry Goods Bulk Buys

Approximately once per quarter, NOC does a bulk buy of selected dry goods such as flour, oats, nuts, grains, dried fruit and similar products according to demand.  Goods are available at wholesale price and quantities vary according to demand. Some of the more popular things such as oats, we can buy in bulk which we then split up into our own containers. Other things will come in packaging.

Requirements of Membership

Members must live in Hobsons Bay. Members are encouraged to contribute to the operation of the Collective by taking at least one of several active roles or be on the Committee.  Read about the roles below.

Roles

Order Administrators

tomatoesOrder administrators are responsible for downloading the weekly order tally from the website and advising buyers of the buying budget.

Dry Goods/Bulk Buy Coordinator

walnutsDry Goods Coordinator is responsible for the periodic ordering of dry goods. They prepare a list of available bulk items and available order quantities, prepare them for sale as products in the website administration area, collate orders and make the bulk purchase. The Coordinator then organises the delivery, sorting and collection point for distribution of goods to members.  All members are most welcome and will be called upon to help out with the sorting.

Bread Order Administrator

The Bread Order Administrator downloads orders from the website each week, liaises with the bakery and forwards invoices to accounts be paid. Some communication with members is required if there are any discrepancies.

Bread Coordinators

Bread Coordinators work in a roster to collect bread from a drop-off point, bag and label it and then deliver it to the bread/produce pick-up location in Champion Rd, Williamstown.