Florida Organic Growers

Florida Organic Growers is working with Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) and Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) to help support the formation of agricultural cooperatives in North Central Florida.

The meeting will take place Thursday, March 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Public Library, 1848 Ohio Ave., South. A follow-up meeting will be determined.

Agricultural cooperatives have a long and successful history and, today, there are more than 3,000 agriculture cooperatives in the United States with a total net income of nearly $1.2 billion.

Agricultural cooperatives are farmer-owned and farmer-controlled organizations from which benefits are derived and distributed equitably on the basis of use.

A farm cooperative would allow North Central Florida farms to aggregate purchasing, marketing and sales to reduce costs and reach a broader local marketplace. This project is for any type and size of farm.

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information, please contact Mary Hathaway at mary@foginfo.org or 904.419.3609.

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