Guiding Manifesto


to protect, preserve and enhance farmland and businesses that produce organic food in a sustainable and regeneratively farmed manner


to build a strong, secure & more resilient food system. That includes a fair and sustainable return to investors, balancing ecological expectations for farmers, and the longevity of food security.


to provide strategic career pathways & work opportunities, that enable more people to pursue a career in organic & regenerative agriculture and food production


ORICoop enables a collaborative business enterprise that builds upon a sustainable, organic and regenerative farming ecosystem across Australia.


to collectively enable people to engage & prosper for more connected and sustainable communities, localised food & better supporting farmers in our regions

What are you waiting for?

Be part of our journey

  • Be part of the global transition towards a resilient, sustainable, organic, ecological & regenerative food production system
  • Bring together capital investment, with sustainable returns in organic farmland, business and related assets
  • Preserve existing certified organic & biodynamic farmland for the long term
  • Increase the amount and value of protected biodiversity, woodlands, wetlands & healthy ecosystems across the Australian agricultural landscape.
  • Build more carbon resilience & increase carbon stores across farming & forestry systems.
  • Provide stable and long term agricultural business opportunities to the next generation of organic farm managers and businesses
  • Reduce the environmental impact of agriculture & food production, by avoiding toxic chemicals & fertilisers into soils, waterways & farmland
  • Build an inclusive & collaborative culture, that does not discriminate on race, age or gender
  • Support businesses, communities & people that together can build a stronger, more resilient business and community based society
  • Empower businesses that nurture regenerative economics & natural ecological policies

We encourage our Co-operative members to understand and register their support of the Slow Money Principles.

A measurable parameter of the co-operative are the UN sustainable principles included here.

Who are we?

We are a united collective of passionate, talented, innovative ORICoop members, that together intend to bring long term change to the farming, food, land, finance & co-operative sector

Carolyn Suggate

Carolyn Suggate

ORICoop Founder & Director
Driven, passionate, multi-skilled, resourceful, organic farmer, strong advocate for equality & a team player.  ORICoop is a reflection of her deep desire to see a more aligned connection between farmers, eaters, healthy farmland and our financial systems.


Dan Fitzgerald

Liz Burns


Based in Musk, Victoria, highly experienced biodynamic blueberry farmer. Involved in ORICoop because of her commitment to sharing knowledge and protecting organic land for the long term.


Oricoop Board Member Christine Li

Christine Li


Research fellow based in Melbourne,  at the intersection of climate change and the economy specifically exploring damages of climate change on the economy, decarbonisation pathways and policy options for reducing emissions and ecological impact.  Actively involved in bushfire recovery with ORICoop, environmental management and policy. ORICoop sits at the heart of many environmental and community projects she is interested in.  

Oricoop Board Member Trevor Moyle

Trevor Moyle


With a background in finance, corporate governance and investment, Trevor has always been strongly committed to family and community, recently established two foundations in Nepal, team leader for Australian Conservation Foundation Community Group which meets at CERES in Brunswick


Robert Pekin

Jade Miles


Local food advocate & educator, business builder, food co-op founder & regenerative farmer of heritage fruit which she intentionally sells via short supply chains.  ‘We all eat & by coming together, celebrating our farmers & considering our choices we can make a profound difference to rural Australia’.  Actively working to build local food policy, deliver educational programs and drive local food system development. 

Be the change you wish for, and join us on our journey ..


* Healthy food

* Resilient communities

* Organic producers

* Cooperative values

* Ethical Investment

Organic sector overview

The organic sector in Australia is worth in excess of $1.73B, and growing at a rate of 13-14% per annum (Organic Market Report, 2017). The market has ongoing strong consumer demand, with more educated consumers looking for connection, authenticity, certified and healthy food in Australia.

The complex aspects of the industry are the lack of resilient supply chains and reliable markets for increased demand in organic food, related to geography, land access and profitability.  Together with constraints around the agricultural labour force, business development and deep expertise needed to build stronger and more climate resilient farm businesses over the long term.

ORICoop endeavours to address these needs, and others through our collective expertise, connecting networks of producers and addressing the needs through better transparency and member based values of a co-operative.  With the depth of diverse experience of the ORICoop Board, engaged members, key strategic advisors, aligned partners and specialist consultants we are ready to tackle this exciting proposition!



ORICoop brings together investment pathways into specific organic farmland opportunities, inline with ecologically balanced intentions of the producers, the land, water and balanced expectations of fair investor returns that don’t cost the earth.



ORICoop offers strategic partnerships with like minded businesses, foundations and co-operatives to further build and enhance the organic farming, business and food system.



You are invited to become a member of ORICoop, assuming your acceptance of the  ORICoop membership guidelines as contained in the Rules and Disclosure Statement.



Our ‘Eater’ members’ intention is to be more closely connected to farmers and farmland, and to their increasing desire to see more organic food in their communities, local & direct from farmers to them.


Board Members

We welcome our Board members in the  next stage of ORICoop.  You can contact them directly here.


What are you waiting for?