[Market-farming] Grower's Association

Maurice E. Smith maurice at chibardun.net
Wed Mar 9 11:53:50 EST 2011


Sorry but the Coop in Eau Claire, WI is not successful. They are still
trying to get things organized and have ideas but live off of grants. But I
run a coop which is mostly successful as far as sales go, but the membership
is of no help at all.

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Just attended a session on growers cooperatives yesterday. I learned
that coops are notoriously difficult to establish and manage if
certain guidelines aren't followed. And, as someone mentioned, the
quality of those involved, in particular the leadership.

There is a very successful example in Eau Claire Wisconsin.

Here is a valuable link from IA State U Extension:

http://www.extension.org/cooperatives

Joe
Boone County, IA
5a



On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 8:52 AM, John Ehrlich <johnkaty at shaw.ca> wrote:
> Yes, I had a similar experience here with a Land Trust that set up a
cooperative. The Board of Directors had no farming experience (but thought
they did) and fruitless obsessions and ideas for grants became the norm (and
stupid meetings). Anyhow, it failed.
>
> Luckily, we already owned the CSA before it started. Now we lease land
directly from the Land Trust, without the coop muddling things.
>
> John
> alderleafarm.com
>
> On 2011-03-09, at 6:08 AM, Jack Moffitt wrote:
>
>> We wasted some time and money with a cooperative association. The time
would have been spent much better on our individual efforts. The group moved
from one fruitless obsession to another, mostly in search of government or
charitable handouts. After we left they organized a failed CSA, that will
probably insure that no CSA succeeds in this county during my lifetime.
>>
>> Jack Moffitt - Bayview Veggies - TexMex Border
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