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A FARM COLLECTIVE IN THE MAKING.

In February 2018, a collaborative of farm members came together around the notion of creating a new farm cooperative, something of a hybrid between a worker's cooperative and a consumer's co-op.

This group formalized a steering committee and named the endeavor Moondog's Farm Collective. The steering committee meets monthly to work out the details. 

 

We are currently accepting crew member applications for the 2018 season. Crew members receive their year's supply of produce in exchange for farming with the collective. 

Moondog's Farm Collective steering committee: Dan Schuler, Alese Colehour, Penny Grady, Shelley Bowerman, Jen Surdyk, Lucas Neibert, Justin Oliphant, Cindy Salter

Applications due April 20, 2018 by midnight.
Crew members will hear back on April 23 and must attend a training in the field, either:
  • Wednesday, April 25 (11:30 — 5) OR
  • Saturday, April 28 (11:30 — 5)
Please note that space in Moondog's Crew is extremely limited! 

Please read all Crew Information before applying.

Co-ops: introductions and inspirations

We are not pioneers. Cooperatives are an age-old organizing and have been a revolutionary force for working people everywhere. Each co-op is unique to its community, but there are lots of relevant models that we can look to as we continue to build Moondog's. 

From the International Co-operative Alliance website: "A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically-controlled enterprise."​

There are 7 International
Co-operative Principles:
{learn more from ICA}​
  1. Voluntary and Open Membership

  2. Democratic Member Control

  3. Member Economic Participation

  4. Autonomy and Independence

  5. Education, Training and Information

  6. Co-operation among Co-operatives

  7. Concern for Community

resources for co-ops
real live co-ops
 
International Cooperative Alliance
 
 
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The international association for cooperatives. Lots of resources!

Our regional resource. Provides strategic planning, business planning, and fother resources to cooperatives.

USDA Vital Steps 
 
 
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"A Cooperative Feasibility Study Guide" — a bit heavy, but good context for what larger, business-minded agricultural cooperatives go through. Some great considerations.

Temple-Wilton Community Farm
 
 
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This is a real cool CSA model. Members get special prices on fresh cheese, and some other perks. Members take whatever veggies they want and need (self-serve) from the farmstand. The oldest continuing CSA in the U.S.

4th Street Food Cooperative
 
 
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Here's a food cooperative that offers working and non-working memberships.

The FCI Guide to Starting A Food Co-op
 
 
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From the Food Co-op Initative. Mostly related to grocery stores, but with some very relevant links and considerations. 

Great intro into cooperatives for young farmers. Super sweet breakdown of the various agricultural cooperatives out there. Describes the difference between different types of co-ops.

 
Stay tuned for more co-op news