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  •  We also need (4+ / 0-)

    to understand ourselves as part of a larger and older movement. The enabling legislation for 501(c)16 Farmer Coops was enacted more than 100 years ago when farmers held far more sway in congress than they do now, and ag coops have played a very crucial role in sustaining small operators since.

    As a couple of the speakers pointed out, the Obama admin has folded the line item for coop financing into a larger program so it risks being effectively eliminated. This is a specific action item that we can address by contacting our CCritters and bringing this forcefully to their attention. I'll come up with some more specific info on that in the next couple days.

    I'd like to thank Words In Action again for getting out the schedule. I found it very informative and really energizing to realize how many other folks are passionate about and committed to growing the Coop 'Movement', which, frankly, I wasn't even aware of in any but a remote general sense that there MUST be other folks out there doing this too.

    The nitty gritty details of getting our logs inoculated, handling personalities and struggling with the 1930's era wiring in the office can become overwhelming, so its good to look up from your boot-toes occasionally and realize there's other folks laboring in the same vineyard as it were.

    I'd also like to point out that what we are doing is an immediate, concrete, constructive practical application of principles of labor justice, worker ownership, food and economic resilience, to the problems of real people in real time on a very local level.

    We here will do the dirty work, and when our delicious mushrooms ara available to the general public, I will be tapping the Kos Kommunity as a potential market, not to put it too bluntly. Our goal is to harness our good intentions to a reasonable return on investment and hence a decent living in harmony with the land. When that time comes there will be an opportunity for folks here to enjoy the fruits of our labors and to do well while doing good too.

    Farming is a profession of hope, especially in grim times.

    •  Hear, hear. (4+ / 0-)
      I'd also like to point out that what we are doing is an immediate, concrete, constructive practical application of principles of labor justice, worker ownership, food and economic resilience, to the problems of real people in real time on a very local level.
      And that's what it is about where the rubber meets the road. Talking about working together for the good of all is one thing. Doing it, day in and day out, is something else entirely. In some ways, following orders can be harder than working out and agreeing upon the orders. And in this day and age, many of us are conditioned to look for greener pastures when things get...complicated. It's going to take people pushing beyond those obstacles if we are going to make a better place in the end, to live and work.

      May your pastures be green, OL!

      The singularity we are witnessing is the passing of the last wave of people who had the luxury to behave as if the past 30 years did not happen.

      by Words In Action on Thu May 02, 2013 at 05:57:00 PM PDT

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      •  Muchas gracias amigo (4+ / 0-)

        And keep an eye out for our mushrooms. I've a mind to bring a basket of red, white, blue and yellow oyster mushrooms by Kossack HQ just in time for fourth of July.

        •  Netroots Nation to soon June 20-23 in San Jose? (4+ / 0-)

          Now that would be the party to crash with mushrooms!

          “Washington has become our Versailles. We are ruled, entertained, and informed by courtiers -- and the media has evolved into a class of courtiers." - Chris Hedges

          by Klusterpuck on Thu May 02, 2013 at 07:47:55 PM PDT

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          •  Not too soon (1+ / 0-)
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            Tell me how many you need and I'll have them ready. Trade for a ticket?

            •  Well, you could load up a pick-up, drive it down (1+ / 0-)
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              and sell 'em out of the back in the lot of the convention center? Maybe let people know here that's what you're doing. Maybe put an "Old Lefty" sign up?

              I won't be there, unfortunately. Well, not so unfortunately, actually, because I'll be in Rome on those particular days...

              :)

              The singularity we are witnessing is the passing of the last wave of people who had the luxury to behave as if the past 30 years did not happen.

              by Words In Action on Thu May 02, 2013 at 08:55:26 PM PDT

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              •  Of course, a pick-up truckload (1+ / 0-)
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                might be a lot for people hanging around a conference...

                :o)

                You might have better luck finding decent farmer's market distribution, or some large local institutions, or banding together with other ag coops to create produce coop of coops that can then distribute a whole range of products...?

                I don't know. I would talk to some folks at the NBCA about ag coop marketing and distribution, I guess.

                The singularity we are witnessing is the passing of the last wave of people who had the luxury to behave as if the past 30 years did not happen.

                by Words In Action on Thu May 02, 2013 at 09:24:20 PM PDT

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                •  All in hand, (0+ / 0-)

                  and many other avenues as well. I will shake every bush it takes to make this work, and, if not a pickup load, then a basket or two for sure. The real payoff is not the sales, it's awareness of the product, the process and the people in the minds of influential folks who will tell their friends ... priceless.

                  If I sound like a capitalist, it's out of necessity, and a desire to show that capitalism if subdued by principals, can be a positive force. Maybe not quite so lefty after all.

                  PS; I'm sitting in my lab/office brewing up the most excellent chaga/beeswax skin lotion EVER for use on our logs and on your very own (or mine anyway) crispy dry hide. Works great, and you can eat it. Like I said, shaking every bush., to wit;

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