Worker Cooperatives in Food & Farming

Democracy at Work Institute and Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming present

Worker Cooperatives in Food & Farming

A hands-on workshop and lecture

MONDAY, MARCH 21st • 5-8pm

The Space @ Greenstar, Ithaca NY

(scholarships available, light dinner provided)

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Learn about people who own and democratically operate their food and farming businesses through worker cooperatives. Gain skills and templates for setting up your business with this principled and transformative model. This workshop will be led by Joe Marraffino, Rural Cooperative Developer for the Democracy at Work Institute. We will also hear from staff of the Latino Economic Development Center in Minnesota, who have been helping Latino farmers and entrepreneurs to develop cooperative businesses since 2010.

Learn how seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, roasters, aquaculture and hydroponics growers, food distributors, bakers, restaurants, and baristas are building everyday democracy and economic stability into the food chain.

Participate in hands-on exercises in designing your own worker cooperative’s operations and personnel structures, and envisioning what this model would look like for you.  

Scholarships are available and light dinner is provided with your admission. Pre-registration is required.


Presented in collaboration with:

Coalition for Sustainable Economic Development
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Groundswell’s New Farmer Training Programs are supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program under grant #11674923.