What is a Co-operative?
“Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.”
International Co-operative Alliance
Seven Cooperative Principles
1. Voluntary and open membership
2. Democratic member control
3. Member economic participation
4. Autonomy and independence
5. Education, training, and information
6. Co-operation among co-operatives
7. Concern for Community
ORICoop – a Co-operative of organic farmers, eaters and investors.
Together with our members, ORICoop seeks to do business differently. With aligned intentions, farm management and transition strategies, investment parthways and career development – we want to see the world of organic farming and food be prosperous, safe and world changing.
We believe that people should be able to farm organically without profit being the single strongest driver, measure and motivator. We also believe that people and investors, can be intrinsically involved in their investments, and to see the long term outcome of these benefits beyond the financial returns.
We are committed to creating a farmer-owned, people owned, investor balanced co-operative that brings together aligned investment into organic farmland and businesses for long term impact, real returns, community benefit, and the land preserved for the long term. Importantly, as member owners, we believe we should build community for the common and collective good.
In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. That’s the official definition according to the International Co-operative Alliance.
ORICoop believes that farms should be owned and managed by entities that have a long term genuine interest in the preservation, restoration, viability, productivity and longevity of the asset.