Workshop Session: Friday II
Cooperatives are all around us in agriculture. What makes a co-op different from other business structures? We’ll explain the fundamentals of cooperative principles, structure, governance, and finance. We’ll also provide an overview of the steps to start a new cooperative, including key questions to ask, common stumbling blocks, and decision-making points.
Kelly Maynard works for the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives supporting food and agricultural enterprises in rural communities. She also works with the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems on local and regional food system development.
Rodrigo Cala owns and operates Cala Farm “Origenes,” with his brother. They sell certified organic produce in the Twin Cities.