Colle Farmers Market Responds to Cooperative Organic Farms in Ohio

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Colle responds to an article published by Public News Service that reports that family farms in Ohio are flourishing thanks to cooperative organic farms.

On January 17, Colle Farmers Market discusses the use of cooperative organic farming to help family farms in Ohio.

A farming cooperative (or co-op) comprises a group of small farms, and is aimed at giving several small farms the same benefits that large, mega-factory farms get. “Farmers establish equity when joining a cooperative and are supported in various aspects of their business including production, certification and farm planning, all while staying on their own land,” states an article from Public News Service.

When organic farms use this co-op model, the article states that they can see a more sustainable business along with stable finances. That is why 170 small family organic farms have joined the largest organic farming co-op in North America, the brand Organic valley.

The article goes on the say that the organic farming industry is growing at a rate of about 20 percent per year. What’s great about organic farming is that it can address several concerns about food quality, the use of insecticides and treatment of livestock all by saying they are organic.

The article also quotes George Siemon, the founder of the Organic Valley co-op. “The enthusiasm in the organic farmer community is very high, and it's just infectious to see that kind of excitement about farming. Something we always see is how organic breathes life back into people's farms and their excitement about their future,” Siemon said.

Colle Farmers Market, an online farmers market community, supports the use of a co-op model for small farms. “Allowing smaller organic farms to reap the benefits of a co-op is a great way to increase the use of organic farming techniques and organic produce.”

Colle also comments that they have always been a strong supporter of organic foods, as well as locally grown produce and encourage people to support their local farms by shopping at their local farmers markets.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all consumers who live an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of creating more sustainable farming and consumerism.

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