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Become A Member

Cooperative Membership

Poudre Valley Community Farm’s multi-stakeholder cooperative represents an innovative approach to farmland preservation. Our model is based on community members purchasing shares in the cooperative, which in turn purchases threatened farmland and provides long-term competitive-rate leases to established local farmers. The cooperative has different membership levels based on the way members interact economically with the organization. Cooperative ownership means all members have equity in the coop, have a vote (dependent on the type of shares owned) in how PVCF is operated, and join a group of people who share the same goals and values for preserving farmland and supporting our farmers.

 

How to Join

To become a member, review our membership details, FAQ, and Business Summary. Once you have become familiar with our founding documents, below, we invite you to complete a Membership Application below.  Once approved, the Board of Directors will contact you with Membership Agreement(s) for your signature and payment instructions. Memberships are $2,500, paid in full or installments.

Not ready to become a member? You can also support the organization by becoming a donor.

 

Founding Documents

We encourage all those interested in becoming members to review and become familiar with PVCF’s formational documents. Please contact us with any questions and consult with your attorney and/or financial planner as appropriate.

 

Member Benefits

The following benefits are illustrative, actual cooperative member benefits are listed in the membership packet. Please contact us if you would like to receive one.

Member-owners value:
  • Land conservation and local food production
  • Access to sources of fresh, local food
  • Agricultural heritage
  • Supporting the local economy
Member-owners receive:
  • Ownership (fractional) in farm or ranch land
  • Voting rights for PVCF governance
  • Preferred access to PVCF tenant farm and ranch products and services (e.g. discounts on local produce, early CSA subscriptions)
  • Dividends based on food purchased from PVCF producers (or level of investment)
  • Annual farm dinner, farm visits, and other local food and community events.
Farmers & ranchers value:
  • Affordable access to land without sinking all their money into ownership
  • Stable long-term leases that allow for investment in farm infrastructure
  • Opportunity to build more equity in farm business and through traditional personal savings – avoids concentrating the farmer’s assets in the land
  • Preservation of agricultural heritage
Farmers & ranchers receive:
  • Ownership (fractional) in farm or ranch land
  • Voting rights for PVCF governance
  • Long-term, market-rate lease
  • Access to the coop community for marketing farm and ranch products
  • Group purchase of services for producers (e.g. insurance, seeds, etc.)
Community-at-large values:
  • Land conservation and local food production
  • Regional food security
  • Agricultural heritage
  • Supporting the local economy
  • Becoming a center for innovation in farmland transition and ownership
  • Benefits that persist beyond the term of single farm operation as the land passes to future tenants for ongoing food production