Cooperative Farm Design Day
Participants will learn about how to start a farm cooperative through this daylong workshop. They will explore ways that farms and farmers cooperate together to access land, share tools and labor, share responsibilities, and to increase their markets. This workshop will share examples of farm cooperatives including worker and producer models.
In the afternoon, participants will work together to design a cooperative farm business. Through this process, new cooperative farm ideas will start to grow and be spread in the Maine food system.
Faith Gilbert: Faith is a co-founder and vegetable farmer for Letterbox Farm Collective, a collectively-owned and -operated diversified farm in Hudson, NY. She is the author of Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together, and a local organizer in her farm community in New York's Hudson Valley.
Gloria LaBrecque: Gloria works with the Cooperative Fund of New England visiting cooperatives who may be current and potential borrowers, providing technical assistance, administration of the loan portfolio, and marketing the Fund in the northeastern part of New England. Gloria’s experience has been working with credit unions since 1992 as a performance consultant for the Northeast region of CUNA Mutual Group and CUNA’s Center for Professional Development. Gloria is an active member of the Board of Trustees at Williston-Immanuel United Church in Portland, ME and is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Cooperative Development Institute as well as the Portland Food Co-op.
Jonah Fertig: Jonah Fertig is the coordinator and founder of Cooperative Fermentation. He focuses on helping people create worker and producer cooperatives in the Maine food system. He works with the Cooperative Development Institute, the Resilience Hub and the Democracy at Work Network. He has co-founded several organizations and businesses including Local Sprouts Cooperative, Machigonne Community Land Trust and the Meg Perry Center, and lives on a cooperative organic farm in Arundel, Maine.
Rob Brown: Rob Brown lives in Northport and is the Director of Cooperative Development Institute’s Business Ownership Solutions program (BOS), working with small businesses in Maine to convert them to worker cooperatives. He has also worked to convert mobile home parks to Resident Owned Cooperatives. Most rec
The workshop is $20-30 and we accept barters and work-trade. If you are interested in either of these options, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unity, ME 04986
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Cooperative Design Lab