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Participants will learn about how to start a farm cooperative through this daylong workshop.  They will explore ways that farms and farmers cooperate together 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.

From feeding the world’s growing population to keeping local shops alive, co-operatives can provide solutions to problems at all levels. This was the message highlighted at many events at the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, alongside discussions on what needs to be done to strengthen the local and global impact of co-ops.

Millions are rising globally to challenge corporate domination of government, people, and the commons, and building a ‘movement of movements’. Hundreds gathered in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for the ‘Moving Beyond Capitalism’ Conference in August, 2014, and we share the millions’ principles for building a new world.

Cooperatives are collective problem solvers, and community assets. They are also a perfect fit as a tool for community economic developers who want to create high-quality, long-lasting jobs.

"Everything that's happening around us is showing us that more and more people are realizing that in general, this system of capitalism that rests on a history of slavery and colonialism and continues the exploitation and war and violence to this day is not working for us," [Kshama Sawant] said. "We need an alternative.

“The central solutions to address the climate crisis are not actually going to come from looking up and counting carbon in the atmosphere,” Mascarenhas-Swan said. “They are going to come from remaking the economy, which is the root of this struggle.”

KMO attended the People’s Climate March on Sunday and Flood Wall Street the next day. The first event was a permitted march that respected authority and was timed not to disrupt business.

A new economy must do more than distribute goods and services. It must also more equitably distribute meaningful opportunities for participation and wellbeing to the communities - human and ecological - so long exploited by our dominant political economy. A clue to how this can be achieved may lie in the very word “economy” itself.

[Editor's note: The Every Thing Goes furniture store is one of three businesses owned and run by Ganas, a cooperative community in Staten Island, NY.]

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