Foothills Region Producers’ Cooperative Meeting

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Cattle in the fieldIn December, N.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center hosted the initial meeting of establishing a Producers’ Cooperative for the Foothills Region. We are continuing that process. TheN.C. Cooperative Extension, McDowell County Center will be hosting Foothills Region Producers’ Cooperative Meeting on Monday, January 20, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., McDowell County Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Road, Marion.

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. At the initial meeting, a good discussion was held about farmers’ needs. A cooperative could provide many services, including bulk purchases, training, equipment rentals, shared labor, and marketing. A summary of the discussion is illustrated in the graphic.Inventory chart image

We 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 organizing efforts. Representatives from Carolina Common Enterprise, a non-profit cooperative development center,  will also be on-hand. Please join us to discuss details of cooperative formation.

This event is FREE. A meal will be served so please RSVP. To register, you may call 828-652-8104 or email Heather_Peek@ncsu.edu. You may also register online.