Wayne Wengerd: A Case Study in Cooperation MP3

Wayne Wengerd

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In 2003, a group of 20 Amish farmers and business owners from Holms County, Ohio, assembled to address their concerns over the significant loss of farming as a viable livelihood within their communities. What came from this meeting was a thoughtful, research-based plan to create a cooperative that connected their farming community with consumers willing to pay a premium for quality farm-grown food. Today, Green Field Farms Co-Operative serves as a model for success for all farm communities. In this session, Green Field Farms Co-op board member, Wayne Wengerd, will share this inspiring story and outline the keys for co-op success.

Wayne Wengerd was one of the founders of Green Field Farms – a cooperative of organic farmers that started in 2003 in the Holmes County, Ohio Amish community. Wayne served on the Board of Directors for 14 years. Wayne Wengerd is also the founder of Pioneer Equipment Inc. – a company that manufactures horse drawn farm machinery in northeast Ohio.

59 minutes (21.3 MB)

Recorded at the 2018 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, Dec. 4-7, 2018.

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