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Anyone know how co-ops work?
    #293860 - 10/08/09 11:00 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Recently I contacted a local co-op about my oyster mushrooms, I'm trying to get a small business going. I sent them an E-mail and got this in response:

I am the produce department
manager here at __________ Cooperative.  I would be curious to taste a
sample of your product as well as get a feel for what you would like to
charge.  I would also need to talk with you about the availability and
consistency of your supply.  I have some paperwork I give to all local
growers so you will need to fill that out as well.  Please contact me via
email or phone and we can set up an appointment and discuss these topics.

Do I get paid in cash, or do I not get paid? Someone help me I have no idea how co-ops work.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #293868 - 10/08/09 11:08 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

you get paid

maybe in cash, maybe not


ask them


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: NobodyImportant]
    #293870 - 10/08/09 11:09 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Ya, I'm not going to do it if its not cash.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #293871 - 10/08/09 11:14 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

You need to figure out what their demand is after he tries one of them.  You should invite him over for dinner or something.  Strike up a good natured relationship with him/her.  Relationships are everything in da business yo!  be sure to knock his socks off with the way you prepare the shrooms for him.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #293873 - 10/08/09 11:15 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

lol, you afraid to pay some taxes young man?


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #293879 - 10/08/09 11:18 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Hopefully you get paid in cash.



Regardless, it sounds like you got a nice opportunity in front of you.





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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: FurrowedBrow]
    #293880 - 10/08/09 11:19 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

No lol I mean co-ops sometimes pay you in "goods" instead of money. I dont care if its a check or cash or what not but I need money, not items.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #293891 - 10/08/09 11:27 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Good luck dealing with co-op people.  Can be very righteous and annoying trust me.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: SmOakland]
    #293892 - 10/08/09 11:28 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

You sold stuff to a co-op?


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #293899 - 10/08/09 11:37 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

They got helluv co-op businesses in Berkeley.  Pain in the ass to go to em.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: SmOakland]
    #293911 - 10/08/09 11:50 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

lol well mine is just about 2 blocks away.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #294619 - 10/09/09 09:31 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Got this e-mail today,

I would be happy to tell you about our cooperative.  Cooperatives are member owned, and to become a member owner you need to invest $100.  The fee is one-time and is good for life.  The money is refundable if you decide you do not want to be a member some day.  Being a member means you are eligible to run for the board of directors and to vote for board members.  We have member appreciation sales 4 times a year and on those days  you can get a 5,10 or 15 percent discount on your purchases depending on how much you spend.  The more you spend, the higher the percentage of savings.  Members are also eligible to receive a patronage dividend.  This means we track your purchases for the year and compare that to any profit we make.  In profitable years, the board can decide to give a percentage of the profits back to the members based on how much the members shop at the coop.  The more you shop, the bigger your patronage dividend will be.  The board can also decide to withhold a patronage and instead use the money to invest back in the cooperative,.  The board did just that this year because we recently expanded into a larger location.  We used that money to help finance the expansion.  Being a member also entitles you to special member-only sales and member only coupon books. 



There are also some indirect benefits of supporting the coop as a member owner.  Wheatsfield supports a variety of local charitable and community oriented organizations.  We also try very hard to foster local agricultural development by purchasing as much locally produced food as we can.  In just the produce department alone I buy from over a dozen local vendors.  The rest of the store stocks locally produced cheese, meat, milk, eggs, grains and snacks.  Being a member means you are helping to support the other 2,000 members of the Wheatsfield community and the dozens of local vendors we do business with. 



That is the cooperative in a nutshell.  Please let me know if there are any other questions I can answer for you.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #294634 - 10/09/09 10:31 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

You know a lot of the produce that I grow goes to clubs and co-ops. You know the ones I walk away from. The ones that want me to fill out paper work about my growing.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Magash]
    #294708 - 10/10/09 01:29 AM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Why is that?


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #294714 - 10/10/09 01:41 AM (7 years, 1 month ago)

cause his produce is weed :shrug:


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: NobodyImportant]
    #294715 - 10/10/09 01:44 AM (7 years, 1 month ago)

haha well I dont really care if they know where I'm growing and shit cuz its not like the DEA is gonna come busting down my door.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #294815 - 10/10/09 01:38 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

If he DEA finds paper work in a club saying your a grower your door is gonna go down as fast as some large commercial grow. Cause until they get there they don't know your not a commercial grow.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Magash]
    #294820 - 10/10/09 01:52 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

Magash said:
If he DEA finds paper work in a club saying your a grower your door is gonna go down as fast as some large commercial grow. Cause until they get there they don't know your not a commercial grow.




But... He is growing oyster mushrooms.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Thebooedocksaint]
    #294830 - 10/10/09 02:09 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

Thebooedocksaint said:
Quote:

Magash said:
If he DEA finds paper work in a club saying your a grower your door is gonna go down as fast as some large commercial grow. Cause until they get there they don't know your not a commercial grow.




But... He is growing oyster mushrooms.



^^^^this.


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Re: Anyone know how co-ops work? [Re: Triptonic]
    #295060 - 10/10/09 09:15 PM (7 years, 1 month ago)

Ok then......lets see what straws I can reach for here......Swanson foods may get pissed that some oyster mushroom grower is growing shrooms without a farming licence and sue..........:tongue:


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