Organic Valley is a farmer-owned cooperative of over 1,630 farm families across the nation. Based on a profit sharing model (45% to farmers, 45% to employees, and 10% to the community), this “un-corporation” lists its goals as follows: Cooperatively marketing certified organic food, establishing farmer-determined food prices, encouraging an ecologically and economically sustainable future, enabling healthy living, practicing environmental awareness and cooperative principles, and promoting a respect for the interdependence of human, animal, plant, soil and global life.
Focusing on local, organic produce, Organic Valley is connecting young farmers across America. Recently, the Generation Organic 2010 Tour stopped at Yale University for a Sustainable Farming presentation, tour of the “Gen-O” bus, and pizza social. You can read about it here - http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2010/oct/18/cheese-used-to-encourage-farming/.
The bus is finishing up its tour in Washington, D.C today and heading home tomorrow!