Panel discussion on co-ops tonight

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GREENFIELD — The Franklin Community Co-op will hold an educational panel and discussion tonight for members of the community to learn more about cooperative businesses in Franklin County.

The event, “Co-ops Made It!” will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the co-op’s gathering space at 170 Main Street. It will feature representatives from Equal Exchange, Artisan Beverage Cooperative, PV2 Solar and the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives, who will give a brief introduction to the history and nature of their co-op, and then take questions from attendees.

“October is National Co-op Month and we will be launching a new member drive, so this is sort of a ‘Co-ops 101’ opportunity for curious community members who’ve considered joining, but, don’t know what co-ops are all about, and, why they’re so great,” said Sarah Kanabay, outreach and communications manager at the Franklin Community Co-op.

The representatives will also talk about how their co-ops are organized, different types of cooperative structures and the ways in which they help strengthen the local economy.

The free and open to the public, and, there will be co-op-made snacks for attendees.