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New Maia cooperative forming!

Hello from your favorite farm in Agate! Big news!  We’ll be joining a brand new Maia Cooperative of local farmers and, just as when two people get married, when our farm and other farms organize a cooperative, so many good things can happen.
 
We’ll still be TwoInTents, but we’ll be working with a lot of new friends.  As one of the founding members of Maia, we are making sure that the same quality standards that we employ are kept: no chemicals, humane and compassionate treatment of animals, non-profit management, and a strong dedication to giving back to the community. 
 
By joining with Maia, we can keep our prices to you the same (or lower them) as we group buy seeds, equipment, animal feeds, vet care, building supplies and other things we need to do our job.  And, we’ll also be able to offer all kinds of new tasty treats, too!  The best news is that as our current customers, you can soon have a choice to help establish the quality standards you want, or contribute with volunteering, gardening or in other ways to either earn credit towards purchases, or greater ownership in the cooperative!  Maia will be working not only to help us feed you and your family, but to empower you to feed yourself, too.
 
One change you will see is in our prices.  In 2012, we will be offering “member” and “non-member” prices.  Current subscribers will be given automatic membership in the new cooperative, so don’t worry!  Another change is that you will see products from Maia, and other Maia members (Maia will also group-produce some items) sold by the pound, rather than by the 1/3 bushel or full bushel box.  These can be included in your box, and when a per-pound price is offered, a conversion to boxes will be offered too so you know how many gallons or bushels a pound is.
 
This sort of flexibility is what we aim for: to get you what you want, when you want it, and at the price you need.  Now that TwoInTents is working with Maia, you’ll have greater ability than ever before to help keep your food prices low, your quality of eating high, have greater selection, and do a lot of good for this planet and your community. 
 We think many small farmers working together is a good thing for every one.  Let us know what you think!
 
 

Alpaca and Llama cooperative forming!

AGATE, COLORADO - A Fallowfield Alpaca and Llama Cooperative for alpaca and llama farmers and ranchers is being organized that will help members earn more from their animals.  Organizers hope that at the same time they may improve affordability and quality for buyers by helping alpaca and llama farming become more efficient.
 
"Alpaca fiber is a superior fiber, and llamas provide an excellent draft or pack animal; there is no shortage of demand.  However, alpaca fiber and llamas are typically too expensive for most consumers because of tremendous costs of production.  But these costs can be reduced through cooperation," said Mary Choate, of TwoInTents farm.
 
One class of membership will be offered.  "Producers will be able to contribute money, or items in kind such as crias or adult animals, feed, labor or fiber in exchange for shares in the revenues and discounts as buyers.  Buyers will recieve discounts on already discounted group-bought needs (such as crias, adult animals, feed, labor and veterinary care) based on their amount of ownership.  Revenues from sales will be divided by ownership," explains Choate.  By combining resources and teaming with other cooperatives, FALC may be able to reduce costs of production to near-zero amounts. 
 
But FALC will also have community service aspects that differentiate it from a simple buy/sell cooperative.  "We will be donating some of what we produce - raw fiber, blankets, clothing and even animals - to charities, and directly to the working poor, the sick, the elderly and others in need.  This is not only good for the community we are a part of, but it makes good fiscal sense as well."
 
Organizational meetings are scheduled through the end of the year, and the cooperative is expected to begin operations in January 2012.  Farmers interested in becoming founding members may contact Mary Choate at TwoInTents farm, twointents-AT-gmail-DOT-com
 
 

a poem and prayer

When you are used to eating from a can You might be suspicious of the man Who sells you simple ingredients Without even after dinner mints Lettuce does not grow in bags Eggs aren't made with upc tags Learning how to cook is easy And the result won't make you queasy Watching a pot come to boil Choosing for your loved ones the best oil Friends at your dinner table Is better than any TV fable You and I know good food is good And therefore don't eat what others would But it is so very sad to shop Where cans, bags and boxes stop Let's all stop buying today Where grocers don't do things our way Start a co-op it is quick Before we all start growing sick Join one if there is one near Or we'll starve as I fear Opening boxes bags and cans is hard Let's now play our highest card Support your farmer with some cash And then enjoy some tasty mash!

a poem and prayer

When you are used to eating from a can You might be suspicious of the man Who sells you simple ingredients Without even after dinner mints Lettuce does not grow in bags Eggs aren't made with upc tags Learning how to cook is easy And the result won't make you queasy Watching a pot come to boil Choosing for your loved ones the best oil Friends at your dinner table Is better than any TV fable You and I know good food is good And therefore don't eat what others would But it is so very sad to shop Where cans, bags and boxes stop Let's all stop buying today Where grocers don't do things our way Start a co-op it is quick Before we all start growing sick Join one if there is one near Or we'll starve as I fear Opening boxes bags and cans is hard Let's now play our highest card Support your farmer with some cash And then enjoy some tasty mash!
 
 
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