Winter 2024 How to Start A Co-op: An Introductory Course

We offer sliding scale payment for all of our courses, and the suggested price for this program is $250 – $300.

If you are not able to pay on the suggested sliding scale, you are welcome to contribute an amount that works for you. No one will be turned away from our programs for lack of funds. Learn more about sliding scale payment.

If you are joining as a group of people, you are welcome to self-organize and determine the amounts that each person contributes when registering.

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The program has been developed by Emi Do, Young Agrarians Co-operatives Coordinator, to help new and aspiring farmers understand the benefits, possibilities and realities of applying co-operative operating models to the farming world. Together, we will explore how co-operatives can successfully function, and practice applying the tools, resources and knowledge that you can use to co-create your own thriving co-op.

Dates: January 23rd to March 19th
Time for live sessions: 6:00-8:00pm PT / 7:00-9:00pm MT / 8:00 – 10:00pm CT 

There are five live sessions on January 23rd, February 6th, February 20th, March 5th and March 19th. These bi-weekly sessions will be opportunities for participants to learn, share, and interact with Emi and a series of farmers and farm-allies who have started cooperative enterprises. 

There will also be four cohort sessions on January 30th, February 13th, February 27th, and March 12th. These sessions will be an opportunity for participants to gather in smaller cohorts to apply the course content from the previous live session. For some cohorts where meeting in person is an available option, participants may agree to shift the day/time that they meet during the non-live session week. 

Cohorts will be assigned based on geography or interest. For participants who will be joining the e-learning course as a group, please indicate in your registration form that you would like to be placed together.

If you require any accommodations to make this program accessible, please reach out to us at

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