NOFA Field Day: Creating the Cooperative Farm

CREATING THE COOPERATIVE FARM: DESIGNING FOR DIVERSITY

Event Details

Date: May 2, 2015

Location: 4161 US 9, Hudson NY 12534

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Letterbox Farm Collective is a growing collective of farmers, producing specialty vegetables, herbs, pork, pastured poultry, eggs and value added products.  The four farmers take charge of six enterprises and 25 sales outlets, and are ready to share their information about strong organization systems that help them manage diversity on so many levels.  Learn how Letterbox has developed their team, systems, markets, skills, and security in their first two years, and delve into the structural components (member agreements, business planning, and more) that make their business work.

Letterbox Farm Collective is the combined effort of an invested team of four farmers: Faith Gilbert (Author of the Book, “Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together”), Audrey Berman,  Laszlo Lazar, and Nichki Carangelo. The team shares ownership of the business, makes important decisions together, and divides management of different aspects of the farm.

Registration Instructions: To pre-register and pay, shop online  or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. The fees are $15/person or $25 for two or more people/farm. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 4/29/15.

Sponsor/Funders: This event is produced by NOFA-NY, with support from USDA-Risk Management Agency.