Did you miss out on our Farmer’s Co-Op Workshop in November? Wish you’d been able to join us and hear about one of Central Alberta’s successful Rural Co-Ops in operation today? Then this event is perfect for you!
Date: January 9th, 2020; 7pm – 9pm.
Presenter: Ken Espheter, Battle River Railway
Ken Espheter joins us once again to tell the story of the Battle River Railway. He brings with him hands on, real life experience of organizing a Co-Op in Rural Alberta. What was the motivation for their Co-Op, struggles they had when creating it, and tips and tricks for anyone with goals of creating their own Co-Op.
Battle River Railway is a new generation cooperative, shortline railway, that runs from Camrose, AB, to Alliance, AB. It was purchased in 2010 by area producers and residents to serve local agriculture and industrial customers. It has expanded to offer three core services: commodity transportation, storage and tourism.
Want to learn more? Check out our Ep6: Farmers Co-Ops 101 podcast episode with Seth Leon from Alberta Community and Co-operatives Association. Seth was also a presenter at our November Farmer’s Co-Op Workshop and talks about the why and when producers should consider forming a co-op and how to get it done.