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This is a presentation given by Erbin Crowell of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association and Adam Trott of the Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives, given at the August 2013 NOFA Summer Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. They share the basics of the co-operative model, its relevance to local economies, and the process for business development. This presentation focuses on worker co-ops in the food system, multi-stakeholder models, which include producers and consumers, and shares guidance for people exploring a co-operative business start-up or conversion.