About the Grainery

Hours of OperationMission StatementThe Grainery Food Co-Operative is a non-profit, volunteer run organization.  We are dedicated to making tasty and nutritious, local and organic food affordable and available to Halifax communities, and to minimizing environmental degradation.  We strive for a membership that includes people of diverse backgrounds and we support other non-profit action groups including Food Not Bombs.Hours of OperationThe Grainery is the only food co-op in Canada (that we know of) that:

  • operates 2 retail outlets without any paid staff, and
  • has no monetary membership fee!

The Grainery's hours of operation are based on the availability of our members.  Store shifts status can be checked at:  Google Calendar Page2385 Agricola StreetTuesday: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pmWednesday: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm (CSA pick up)Thursday: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pmFriday: 2:30 pm - 6:30 pmSaturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pmHalifax Brewery MarketSaturday Morning: 7:00 am - 1:00 pmMission StatementThe Grainery Food Co-Operative is a non-profit, volunteer run organization dedicated to making local and organic food affordable and available to Halifax communities.The co-op was established with objectives that are carried on a co-operative basis.  The co-op's objectives are to provide tasty, nutritious, accessible, responsibly and ecologically grown food in a socially transforming way defined by our values.  Here are the principles that are important to us:

  1. We value the integrity of our natural environment, striving to minimize our destructive impact and to maximize restoration where damage has already occurred.  We strive to source bio-regional organic foods, to minimize packaging, to use ecologically bening transportation, and to recycle or compost whenever possible.
  2. As a co-operative, we value co-operation over competition, people's well being over profit.  Through healthy practices we will work to ensure the sustainability of the co-op.  We seek to promote community health by hiring locally, maintaining accessibility, avoiding authoritarian language and structures, and lining with other elements of the local community.  We will contribute to the redefinition of wealth by promoting an ethic of "enough", and resisting debt.
  3. We value the active participation of the broader community, with whom we with to codetermine our collective future.  We seek a membership policy free of barriers.  We aim for a culturally and economically diverse membership.
  4. We recognize the importance of education, especially on issues of food sustainability, health, and community activism.
  5. We value all people involved in the co-op.  We respect all of our members and customers, appreciating the diversity of our cultures and views, giving equal value to the contributions of women and men.  We strive for self-managmenet on the part of our workers, and value all work undertaken, including the work of producers.
  6. We recognize access to food as a basic human right, seeking to promote the ability of all to participate in a meaningful exchange to satisfy their physical needs.