co-operative farming info project: call for participants

posted March 20, 2013

DEAR COOPERATIVE FARM DREAMERS:
The Greenhorns, Land for Good, and the Cooperative Development Institute have launched a project this year to provide the necessary information and support to make land sharing and co-managing farm businesses a viable and accessible model.  Are you pursuing a vision of a collaborative farm project?  Looking to share land with friends, peers, fellow farmers?  Get in here and be heard!

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A SUMMARY:
“Cooperative farming, in which multiple farmers co-manage a single property, could be a powerful tool for keeping farmland in the hands of farmers and easing the challenges to new farm businesses.  Our organizations have encountered a number of farmers looking to combine their enterprises, pool capital, purchase land, share tools, and otherwise collaborate to manage land and a business entity. However, forming a multi-owner business is a complex process that can require working outside traditional lending models, adapting or hybridizing one or more legal structures, and setting up detailed operating documents to ensure effective collaboration.  Our SARE-funded research project seeks to provide the information resources needed to empower farmers to collaborate in managing land and forming businesses.”

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
If this sounds like you, we ask you to fill out a brief form so we can get a better sense of your vision.  From there, we will select a few groups or individuals to act as case studies, included in our publication.  Most importantly, by taking a few minutes to send us this survey, you can have your needs heard, so our work can support you in reaching your goal!

Click HERE to fill it out and get started!

QUESTIONS? SUGGESTIONS FOR WHO SHOULD BE INVOLVED?

Email us at office@thegreenhorns.net, subject line: Cooperative Farming Info Project.

Cooperation makes it work!