Solving Ag Worker Shortages with Farm-Labor Worker Cooperatives

Nationwide, there are two jobs available in agriculture for every new job seeker. Farmers and ranchers in the Rocky Mountain West haven’t escaped the problem of securing reliable, efficient labor, and the current lack of available labor especially affects smallholder and family farms and ranches. However, a creative solution is in the works in Colorado to help farmers and ranchers with tasks that run the gamut from fence-mending to pruning to harvesting to even setting and pulling irrigation pipe. In 2018, two mobile farm workforce pilot projects along the northern Front Range [...]

By |2019-07-22T09:12:47-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Solving Ag Worker Shortages with Farm-Labor Worker Cooperatives

Frank Cetera

Frank Cetera is an Advanced Certified Business Advisor with 10-years service for Onondaga SBDC - Syracuse, NY.  He specializes in Employee-Ownership.   Frank’s business and community developer experience includes the following. CDCU/CDFI Cooperative Federal Credit Union Board Member/Chair (since 2010/2012 respectively). And living in and co-managing two housing cooperatives. As well as member and volunteer of two retail grocery cooperatives. And professional presentations including twice at statewide NYSBDC Staff Training, Eastern Conference for Workforce Democracy at Fordham Law in NYC, New Economy Coalition’s CommonBound Conference at SUNY-Buffalo, North Country Symposium at St. [...]

By |2021-02-22T16:17:27-08:00February 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Frank Cetera

Corrigan Nadon Nichols

Corrigan Consulting provides a broad range of technical and training services for cooperatives and democratic, community-based organizations, including business planning, commercial loan consulting, board training, accounting system setup, leadership coaching, and back-office bookkeeping. Corrigan Nadon-Nichols previously served as the Director of Development for NASCO, supporting start-up and expanding housing cooperatives, and the general manager for Qumbya Housing Cooperative in Chicago, IL.

By |2019-03-07T09:04:40-08:00January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Corrigan Nadon Nichols

Ronan Cooperative Brewery

What’s a rural town to do when the community wants to revitalize Main Street? Start a consumer-owned cooperative brewery! In western Montana, residents of Ronan, population ~2000, are trying to do just that by starting the first cooperative brewery in the region. This spring, more than 60 community members attended a public interest meeting to learn more about the craft brewing industry, the cooperative brewery model, and the potential for a brewery in the town. The idea for the Ronan Cooperative Brewery started in 2016 with a community assessment. Community members were [...]

By |2018-01-22T18:23:48-08:00September 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Ronan Cooperative Brewery

Worker Cooperatives Empower and Promote Economic Equality

With assistance from the California Center for Cooperative Development (CCCD), Yolo Eco-Clean Cooperative (YECC-Pronounced “YES”) officially launched early this year. YECC is a worker co-op developed to create jobs and cooperative ownership opportunities for underserved residents in Yolo County, California. The co-op provides residential and commercial cleaning services using environmentally friendly solutions and practices. Workers are engaged in deciding their work schedule, how work is organized, and all aspects of decision making. They have opportunities to try on “new hats” as they engage in business strategy, public relations, accounting, marketing, and leadership. [...]

By |2017-09-29T00:38:09-07:00September 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Worker Cooperatives Empower and Promote Economic Equality

Matthew Epperson

Matthew Epperson (pronouns he/him) is a southern cooperator based in Athens, Georgia. He grew up in Tampa, FL where he became a first-degree black belt (in Tang Su Doo, Aikido & Jujitsu) before relocating to Athens in 2008 for love and education. He is a worker at Daily Groceries Co-op (a consumer-owned retail food co-op), where he has worked for the past 8 years in various capacities, now human resources manager and bookkeeper. He's a graduate (2015) of the Masters of Management: Co-operatives and Credit Unions program through Saint Mary's University. Also [...]

By |2021-02-22T16:18:27-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Matthew Epperson

Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan is the former Executive Director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association (ACBA), a regional cross-sector trade association for cooperatives. From 2005-2013 Brian managed the Univ. of Texas Inter-Cooperative Council, a student housing cooperative. Brian served on the board of NASCO Development Services for 8 years and the NASCO Board for two years. Presently he is Co-Director of The Cooperation Group, a non-profit cooperative development organization based in Detroit, Michigan. Before working in co-ops Brian worked for Apple as the manager of the Inside Sales team serving educational institutions. He also [...]

By |2021-02-22T16:19:17-08:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Brian Donovan

Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation, and Rural Sustainability

The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability will assist rural Virginians in developing and advancing their agricultural, economic and social interests to enhance their quality of life. We provide technical assistance to new and existing rural cooperatives, mutually-owned businesses, farm and forestry associations and communities engaged in improving their economic condition for the mutual benefit of their members/owners/citizens. Technical assistance is provided organizational development and governance, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, business/enterprise/market planning, finance and grant assistance. We are a long standing USDA-funded rural cooperative development center. We assist individual farms, [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:38:04-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation, and Rural Sustainability

South Carolina Center for Cooperative and Enterprise Development

The Center for Cooperative and Enterprise Development is dedicated to enhancing and expanding local food and agricultural businesses in South Carolina.  The Center and partners provide technical assistance to cooperatives, mutually-owned businesses, and other small business within multiple industries, but with a strong focus on agricultural businesses. Primary activities are cooperative formation, business planning, feasibility studies, cooperative financing, grant writing, assisting producer associations, and new business development.

By |2022-07-20T16:29:18-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on South Carolina Center for Cooperative and Enterprise Development

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

The RMFU Cooperative & Economic Development Center was formed in 1995. During the past decade as an integral part of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Co-op Center has worked with and facilitated the growth of over 80 cooperatives, LLCs, and other associations and partnerships across Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Currently over 50% of those businesses are still in operation today. Highlights of this effort are the Colorado Farm and Art Market, Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, Organic Seed Alliance, Mountain States Lamb Cooperative, La Montanita Food Cooperative and the High Plains [...]

By |2022-07-20T16:21:51-07:00September 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
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