Webinar: How Young Farmers Can Use Cooperatives to Build Successful Farms

Please join the National Young Farmers Coalition and the  Democracy at Work Institute on November 21th at 6pm EST for a webinar on how cooperative businesses are helping to build local food economies and support young farmers in creating new markets, reaching new customers and building sustainable, rewarding farm-based enterprises.

We will be joined by farmers, entrepreneurs and local food system advocates who will discuss their cooperative business success stories. We’ll also introduce the first steps and resources for starting a new cooperative business.

Presenters will include:

Margaret Bau, USDA Cooperative Business Specialist

Ellen Dienger, Our Harvest Cooperative Farm

Rebekah Hanlon, Valley Green Feast

Narendra Varma, Our Table Cooperative Farm

Tess Brown-Lavoie, Little City Cooperative Growers

Diana Chapeta, Fifth Season Cooperative Growers

Register here for the webinar!

This webinar is the first in a series of efforts by the Democracy at Work Institute and the National Young Farmers Coalition in the coming year to assist young farmers, food systems advocates and entrepreneurs in using the cooperative model to grow their businesses and local food systems. 

Future efforts include webinars on starting a worker and multi-stakeholder cooperative, educational publications targeted at farmers and food system entrepreneurs and low cost technical assistance to cooperatives via the peer advisors of the Democracy at Work Network.   To stay informed of future efforts please subscribe to our local food system cooperatives email announcement list here. 


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  • Yeun B.

    I enjoyed the online webinar. For those of you who couldn't make it or missed any part of it, I'd be happy to send you some general notes I took. I thought it was very informative and had some good resources for those looking to start a farm or co-op or just looking to find out more information about the two.

    November 29, 2013

    • Tiffany

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, Yeun Byun, and thank you for your offer! Could you post the notes here in the 'Comment' section?

      November 30, 2013

  • Yeun B.

    For those who missed any part of the webinar, I'd be more than happy to email you some notes I took.

    November 29, 2013

  • Tiffany

    I logged onto the website about six minutes after the start, and was told that it was full. So I called and tried to listen to it on the phone, but it was really boring. Maybe it would have been more interesting with the slideshow. But I don't know… I hung up after about 35 minutes.

    November 21, 2013

    • Tiffany

      It definitely wasn't done, but they had switched speakers after the 30 minutes. There might have been some technical difficulties that ended your side, but the phone convo continued.

      November 26, 2013

    • Matthew

      crazy was on my part.i somehow had it in my head that it began at 7pm and not 6. so i was actually pretty late.oops!
      thanks again

      November 27, 2013

  • Helen

    I missed it too. My fault. Hope they provide a recording.

    November 21, 2013

  • Matthew

    oh well.. i got on about 30mins late unfortunately and it was already over .i was just booted from the session with no explanation . after 3x i was told it ended.. so how was it?

    November 21, 2013

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