Given Michelle’s background and education in Cooperatives she has always envisioned the farm becoming a worker owned co-op. Having served on the Board of Directors for People’s Food Co-op located in SE Portland, riding her bike from Seattle to Boston touring cooperative business’ and earning a certificate in Cooperative Business Development she is eager to make this a reality.
From the very beginning she has incorporated and worked on the farms business documents with the idea of a worker cooperative in mind. If you are interested and would like to learn more and explore this working relationship with her please reach out, volunteer on the farm, and begin building this very complex, trusting and deep relationship with her.
The farms future growth in scale and markets considering it’s philosophies make it an ideal place for any potential worker-owner who is interested in:
Farmer/Herder (Sheep grazing under the Oregon White Oaks and wool CSA??)
Farmer/Technology/Marketing/Back-end Office Manager
Please note that Farmer comes first and foremost. Good Rain farm is a working farm that supports living wage jobs and careers as well as community engagement and education. We cannot support those goals if we cannot keep the farm operating as a viable business. And to that, the Farm is a Business, we operate in a capitalist economy, hopefully subverting it in the process, but we must make a profit, we must charge what we are worth and pay ourselves what we are worth. If this is still something you are struggling to reconcile you are not currently a good fit to become an Owner, however the farm may be a great place to explore this conflict and you are more than welcomed to volunteer.
The Farm was formed as a business, not a non-profit, as it is Michelle’s philosophy that goodwill, thoughts and prayers alone will not empower people. The community can build it’s own sovereignty, agency and empowerment through choosing to support each other through a cooperative and solidarity economy. By doing so we create a more stable and local economy that is influenced by our community and less by federal and international governments. We are teachers of fishing, we support those who cannot, do not, or are unable to fish themselves… of course we are not talking about fish, we are talking about FOOD in all forms.