In the ABC’s new documentary, Fightback Farmers: Feeding Australia Together, we explore three co-ops all borne out of circumstances.
Two of the three co-ops are new and still struggling to find their feet. They are Mountain Milk Co-operative in the Kiewa Valley of north eastern Victoria and the Limestone Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative in South Australia. Mountain Milk was borne out of the collapse of the Murray Goulburn dairy empire. Limestone Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative was formed to fend off larger corporate approaches and support the local fishers through strength in numbers.
The third is a farmers co-op created to support the old Victorian tobacco industry. It’s called TAFCO in the town of Myrtleford. Now more than 30 years old, TAFCO struggled to survive when tobacco farming drew its last breath in 2006 until it found strength in the ideas and innovation of the farmers themselves. See details on the farmers and the co-operatives on the following pages.