Friday, May 16, 2014

Cooperative Farming

If you've thought about how you and neighboring farmers could work together collaboratively but weren't sure how to go about it, then this new publication from The Greenhorns might come in handy - Cooperative Farming: Frameworks for Farming Together.

The guidebook has chapters on:

* What is a cooperative? What is cooperative farming?

* Resource-sharing and Services

* Group Farms and Collective Farms

* Structuring a Group Enterprise

* Making it Work

* Cooperative Farm Land-holding

Farming is hard work.  Buying inputs for the farm can be expensive especially for beginning farmers.  But perhaps by creating a collaborative effort of a number of farmers working together perhaps these inputs could become less expensive.  Why does every farm have to have it's own tractor?  How can farmers share their equipment with others?  What does it take to do this?  How can a number of farmers go together to buy in bulk instead of paying a higher cost by yourself?  How can farmers work more cooperatively without being in an official cooperative?

All these questions and more are discussed in this book.

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