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History shows that co-operative enterprise is a powerful means by which people — and particularly family farmers and other producers — can further their own well-being in our market economy. As member-owned enterprises, co-operatives are rooted in the communities they serve, creating economic infrastructure that reaches across generations.

Co-operative enterprise has played a vital role in agriculture, aquaculture and other aspects of our regional economy. Today the New England Farmers Union is working in collaboration with producers, co-ops and other partners to take advantage of new opportunities to use this business model to create a stronger, more resilient food system in New England. See the links below for more information.

The role of co-ops in our food system

The case for co-ops: why they are good for producers and consumers

NEFU’s co-op-advancing activities

Resources to help start and strengthen co-ops

NEFU’s partnerships to advance co-ops

NEFU’s co-op members

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