| Co-op Resources
This is an exciting time for the co-operative movement, and particularly for New England’s agricultural, fishery and food co-ops. In the wake of the financial meltdown of 2008 and the resulting global recession, co-ops have been recognized for their resilience, preserving jobs and economic infrastructure, especially for rural communities. Across our region, people are working to rebuild local and regional food systems, and co-ops have a unique role to play.
If you are starting a co-op, or are working to strengthen an existing co-op, NEFU is here to help you. Please email us for access to resources, information and more.
NEFU’s Co-operative Manual
This manual is designed to inform readers of some of the technical aspects of co-operatives. Its focus on the process and legal structures is intended to provide easy access to the tools needed to get started and includes a review of the co-operative statutes in each New England state.
Growing a Food System for the Future: A Manual for Co-operative Enterprise Development
State-by-State Co-op Statutes
Each state has unique laws governing the establishment and operation of co-ops. NEFU’s co-op manual, Growing a Food System for the Future: A Manual for Co-operative Enterprise Development, compares legal requirements by state for all of the New England states. This report was made possible by financial support from the John Merck Foundation and a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant.
The United States Department of Agriculture also offers a lot of information on line that is particularly relevant to co-ops involved in the food system.