The Co-operative Farming project provides farmers, fishers and foresters with information and resources to support them in setting up or growing a co-operative.
This 18-month project will help to support Australian primary producers to form new co-operatives, as well as foster the resilience and growth of developing farming co-operatives.
Co-operative Farming is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment through the Australian Government’s Starting Farm Co-operatives Program.
The project includes a range of resources and events, including a co-operative advice and information hotline, financial support through educational bursaries program, and online tools, resources and online course modules.
To make sure farmers, fishers and foresters have access to the best advice, skills and information on starting up and running successful co-operatives, we want to increase access to the knowledge of co-operative experts through a dedicated mentorship program.
Three project envoys and eight champions have been appointed to lead the industry and community engagement aspects of the Co-operative Farming project. These mentors have a demonstrated track record in running successful agricultural co-operatives will engage with farmers and farm groups through facilitated information sessions and workshops and one-on-one communication to inspire, support and guide them through their co-op formation.
COVID-19 and the Co-operatives Farming program
We have developed a dynamic program of lives streaming events, interactive online forums and meet-ups to deliver Co-operative Farming through the crisis or until we can schedule field events.