Food is the center of many intentional communities, and shared meals can make the difference between a mere neighborhood and a true community. One project that many communitarians feel is worth persuing is a food cooperative. Buying food in bulk and dividing it up can save money and gets the group used to working together.
In its daily operations, the food co-op does need to be run like a business, so courses in the Business of Permaculture category are appropriate for that. The process of starting up a co-op is decidedly different, being more of a group dynamic, as is the long-term planning, so those aspects will be covered here.