Nuts and Bolts of Operating a Farm as a Worker Cooperative

  • Date: Friday, Oct. 27
  • Time: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Speaker: Luis Sierra, Northwest Cooperative Development Center
  • Location: Bldg. 202, Room 5
  • Track: Track E

Many of the newest generation of farmers are joining together to start farming instead of going it alone. This presentation provides some examples of how small farms with shared ownership through cooperative structures can allow for more equitable relationships, while still getting the work done. We’ll cover financial, legal, and management structures and understand how they relate to employment law, taxation, and risk management.

About the Speaker

  • Luis Sierra

    Northwest Cooperative Development Center

    Luis Sierra’s 20 years of work in agriculture has focused on supporting cooperative development efforts among smaller scale farmers and ranchers in California and Washington.