Cooperative Development Guide

February 3, 2016  

DEVELOPMENT GUIDE FOR NEW AND EMERGING FOOD HUBS AND INCUBATOR TRAINING FARMS COOPERATIVE BOARDS

EDITOR: TOM SNYDER, PH.D. SNYDER@HORIZONVIEW.NET

The Cooperative Development Guide is a public resource published online through the WVU Extension website. The resource will include a total of six chapters to be published over the course of two years; the final chapter will be available in early 2017.

The chapters cover the following issues:

I. Cooperative Board of Directors Development

II. Feasibility Studies and Business Plan Development

III. Farmer Education, Training, Support/Follow- up Services Development (Available mid 2016)

IV. Hiring and Managing Management Staff (Available mid 2016)

V. Group GAP, Quality Management, and Lean Farming Practices (Available late 2016)

VI. Finding and Acquiring Farm Land/Facilities to start Your Business (Available early 2017)