April 25th, 4-6pm, Viles Arboretum, 153 Hospital St. Augusta, ME
AUGUSTA – The cooperative economy is growing in Maine. Cooperatives and co-op supporters around Maine will gather at the Viles Arboretum in Augusta for the 2nd annual Principle Six Conference for a day of workshops and discussions that will bring these businesses together to cooperate in building a new economy. The conference will run from 9am-3pm, will break for a networking session from 3-4pm and will reconvene for the Cooperative Design Lab Celebration from 4-6pm where participants will make short presentations about their new cooperatives. The general public is invited to come to the celebration to learn about these new cooperatives and to learn about how they can support these new democratic businesses.
The Cooperative Design Lab is a three month long development program for worker and producer cooperatives that was held at the Wayfinder School in New Gloucester from January – March 2015. Sixteen participants from six different cooperatives participated in this inaugural program and learned skills and knowledge they need to develop their cooperative and grow their business. Cooperative Fermentation offered this course to strengthen the cooperative economy in the region and to support the formation of co-ops in local farming and food production.
“These new cooperative businesses will help re-build our local food infrastructure and create greater economic opportunity for communities in Maine,” says Jonah Fertig, Cooperative Fermentation Coordinator and Cooperative Design Lab Co-Facilitator.
The Cooperative Design Lab is organized by Cooperative Fermentation, the Resilience Hub and the Cooperative Development Institute with support from the Belfast Co-op, Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative, MOFGA, Cabot Cheese, Coastal Enteprises Inc., Maine Community Health Options, Democracy at Work Institute, Cooperative Fund of New England and Cooperative Maine.
For more information on the Principle Six Conference visit: www.cooperativemaine.org