The Devcor Farmer-Consumer Food Cooperative

Devcor's food cooperative between farmers and consumers gives consumers the opportunity to set up a buying club while providing farmers a guaranteed market at a good rate of return.

| July/August 1970

Reprinted from Green Revolution.

Food cooperatives ... and for the folks who want to see a thousand co-ops blossom, or who want to set up a homestead, raise organically grown food and be assured of a market, here's news of . . .

A serious attack on the high cost of food, land and money is being made by a group of School of Living members. Don Newey, a member of the board, has formed an organization to establish a series of farmer-consumer food cooperatives based on the principles he's developed for egg buying co-ops in various cities.

The consumer end of the operation is simple. Anybody who is interested can start a buying club and arrange to purchase food direct from the producers at substantially reduced prices. Most buying clubs start with a single item of produce and gradually expand as their organization and understanding of the operation grows. It will be possible to commence operations with more than one product now because of the new organization which can arrange all the needed paperwork and other details.

This new organization, called Devcor, is a part of the International Independence Institute. During 1970, Devcor will be able to offer at least the following products: apples, peaches, oranges, eggs and some vegetables.

Consumer Food Cooperative Basics

The buying clubs will take orders for the produce at prearranged prices and collect money for the shipments. There will also be a service charge to cover the cost of delivery and administration, and each member of the buying club will be required to subscribe an additional 10% of the produce price as a capital contribution.

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