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Creating Cooperatives in our Communities

Have you been interested in how to create a cooperative business that helps meet your community's needs? Join us for an engaging and fun conversation about creating cooperatives. We will learn about inspiring examples from other communities and share history of cooperatives in North America. Through an multi-media presentation and discussion, we will explore ways that worker and producer cooperatives have asserted community control over food, energy and housing. You will leave with the seeds to start growing cooperatives. Information will be shared on the history of cooperatives in North America and we will explore the ways that worker and producer cooperatives have asserted community control over food, energy, housing and transportation. Participants will be invited to discuss the potential for creating cooperative businesses in the Western Foothills area related to CEBE’s mission of supporting economic development based on renewable resources. Two enterprises currently under consideration are a multi-purpose rental workshop or “maker space,” and a building collaborative.

Jonah Fertig is the Coordinator of Cooperative Fermentation, a new project working to create resilient cooperatives in the food system. He co-founded Local Sprouts Cooperative, a worker-owned café and catering business in Portland. He also co-founded the Meg Perry Center, a community space, and the Machigonne Community Land Trust in Portland. He serves as the co-chair of the Urban Agriculture Committee for the City of Portland. Cooperative Fermentation is working in collaboration with the Resilience Hub in Portland, the Cooperative Development Institute and the Democracy at Work Network. Jonah lives at Neverdun Farm, a cooperative organic farm in Arundel.

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