Farming Together is excited to release our third podcast in the series, Braidwood Garlic Growers Co-operative.
Farming Together Program Manager Amanda Scott speaks to Phil Shoemark and Dave Ellis of Braidwood Garlic Growers Co-operative.
With a grant deadline looming, the group formed a co-operative very quickly. Members have since benefitted from the co-op’s marketing strength and greater access to a growing market. Phil and Dave speak about the importance of finding people with different strengths to drive the co-op and why ‘people skills’ are critical.
- Forming a co-operative with a deadline: Making it happen fast with a clear objective.
- How the co-op model provides economic return and collective marketing strength.
- The impact of COVID 19.
- The purchasing of collective commercial equipment.
- Disseminating information with members through a newsletter.
- Navigating difficult personalities: finding common ground.
- Find a mediator with good people skills and following meeting procedures.
- Different ways of communicating with members.
- Making it work: You have to have a strong goal, enthusiasm, and enough members and expert advice.
- Following a holistic management framework: What are you really trying to do?
- The growing garlic market.
- You need four people with the following strengths: Finance, Marketing/Sales, Production, and People skills.
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