Participants will learn how to start a farm cooperative through a daylong workshop Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at MOFGA Fairgrounds, Crosby Brook Road, Unity.

The workshop will explore ways farms and farmers cooperate to access land, share tools and labor, share responsibilities and to increase their markets. This workshop will share examples of farm cooperatives including worker and producer models.

In the afternoon, participants will work together to design a cooperative farm business. The process is intended to generate new cooperative farm ideas and introduce them into the Maine food system.

Speakers include Faith Gilbert, organizer with The Greenhorns and author of "Cooperative Farming"; Gloria LaBreque, loan outreach of the Cooperative Fund of New England and board member of Portland Food Co-op; Jonah Fertig, coordinator of Cooperative Fermentation, co-op designer at the Resilience Hub, cooperator with the Cooperative Development Institute and peer adviser with the Democracy at Work Network; and Rob Brown, director of business ownership solutions at Cooperative Development Institute.

This workshop is being organized by Cooperative Fermentation with support from MOFGA, Cooperative Development Institute, Resilience Hub, Broad Reach Fund, RSF Social Finance and Democracy at Work Network.

Fees are $20 to $30 on a sliding scale with barter or work-trades accepted. Admission includes lunch provided by Cooperative Fermentation.

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For more information, contact Jonah Fertig at 615-9970 or