They value equal participation. They provide ownership opportunities and reduce business risks. They advance equity and build community. In a fragmented, individualistic, and sometimes disillusioning society, cooperatives offer hope. Panelists involved with food and farming cooperatives will discuss their personal experiences with the cooperative model and its potential for building a just and healthy food system.
- Adrionna Fike, co-owner, Mandela Foods Cooperative
- Mai Nguyen, farmer; cofounder, Toronto Sustainable Food Cooperative; Cooperative Development Associate, California Center for Cooperative Development
- Sue Lopez, Development and Support Staff, Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives
- Jon Bansen, dairy farmer, Double J Jerseys, Organic Valley
- Moderator: Jonathan Kauffman, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
The discussion will be followed by a reception with farmers market snacks and an opportunity to meet Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff. Shanta is the author of the new book Other Avenues Are Possible, which tells the story of rise and fall of the San Francisco People’s Food System of the 1970s. The book will be available for purchase.
Location: Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, San Francisco
This talk is the third in CUESA’s series about food politics. You can listen to the first one, Politics and the Dinner Table, here, and read about the second one, Resist Together! Reframing the Food Movement, here.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »