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

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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.