Foothills Region Producers’ Cooperative Meeting

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cows in a pastureFarming inputs can be expensive. What are some ways you can reduce costs? On Monday, December 2, 2019, 6 p.m., at the McDowell County Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Road, Marion, N.C. Cooperative Extension will host a meeting to discuss the formation of a buyers’ cooperative. Farmers have expressed interest in forming a cooperative in order to be able to purchase in bulk at a reduced cost.

The cooperative structure has been around for generations. A producer or farmer cooperative is made up of individual producers who come together for a variety of reasons. One of these purposes may be feed, seed, fertilizer, and equipment purchases.

field nurseryWe invite beekeepers, cattlemen, produce growers, poultry, pork, dairy, backyard chicken hobbyists, nurserymen, etc. We invite hobbyists, small-scale, mid-scale, and large-scale farmers. Becky Bowen, NC State University, will be on-hand. She is an attorney licensed in North Carolina and South Dakota. Becky has extensive experience providing community development assistance to small towns and grassroots organization efforts. A representative from Carolina Common Enterprise, a non-profit cooperative development center,  will also be on-hand. Please join us to discuss issues and details of the cooperative. This event is FREE, but please register online.peaches