Building Local Organic Value Chains Using Co-operative Structural Models
– 12pm – 4:30pm, Jan 26th, 2012 at the Guelph Organic Conference, Room UC103

Presented by the Ontario Natural Food Co-op and Local Organic Food Co-op Network

In light of the U.N.’s recognition of 2012 as the International Year of the Co-operative, this session explores the valuable role of co-operatives as a successful business model for creating resilient local and organic supply chains, drawing upon the expertise of a diversity of food and farming co-operators working at many different scales across Ontario.  Highlights of the afternoon including a collaborative discussion of several models of small and midscale values-based supply chains, information sharing from the province’s nascent food co-operative network, and a panel composed of five unique co-ops working at all levels of the food chain.


Planting a Seed: Organic Co-ops – Secrets of marketing and management
– Saturday Jan. 28, 9:30-10:30am

Presented by ONFC’s Randy Whitteker and The Big Carrot’s Patrick Conner


Introduction to Co-operatives for Young Farmers – Sunday Jan. 29, 9:30am-12:45pm

Hosted by the Organic Council of Ontario Youth Stream


And visit the Co-op Lounge up the stairs from the ONFC booth to learn more about Ontario’s co-op food movement, sip fair trade organic co-op coffee, and pick up a coupon for an organic co-op snack.



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