Worker Coops

Start a Worker Co-op or Convert an Existing Business

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.

Resources for Youth in Workers Co-ops

1. Cultivate.Coop Wiki page collecting resources on Youth In Co-ops.  Please add your resources!

2. Co-op Academy Curriculum developed mostly by Stacey Cordeiro from and including Youth In Co-op workshops:

3. Roots' Curriculum: Youth Leadership, Meeting Facilitation, Co-ops 101 for Youth, more...

4. A video series from the Youth Co-ops Workshop from the Chicago Conference 

Watch all the videos in this series here.