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Cooperative Fermentation. Culturing a Democratic Food Economy Jonah Fertig January 2014. A food system where…. People have access to healthy local food. A food system where…. People have good jobs working the land and cooking food. A food system where….

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cooperative fermentation

Cooperative Fermentation

Culturing a Democratic Food Economy

Jonah Fertig

January 2014

a food system where
A food system where….

People have access to healthy local food

a food system where1
A food system where….

People have good jobs working the land and cooking food

a food system where2
A food system where….

Our children and grandchildren will have the land and infrastructure to grow food in their community


Cooperatives in Maine

Consumer Co-ops

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Cooperative Fermentation

Cooperative Fermentation’s mission is to democratize the Maine food system through creating multi-stakeholder cooperatives in farming, food processing and restaurants.

  • Inspiration
  • Education
  • Incubation
  • Production
support for cooperative fermentation
Support for Cooperative Fermentation
  • $40,000 in project and seed funding
  • Donations through the Cooperative Development Institute or Resilience Hub
  • Patient Capital Loans
  • A pool of cooperative supporters who can offer early seed funding for cooperatives in Maine
  • Facilitation and Consulting Clients

Farm Dinners

Community Presentations

Speaking at Conferences


Cooperative, Food, Farming and New Economy Workshops

Democracy at Work Network Peer Advisor

research and writing
Research and Writing

Cooperative Cafes, Restaurants and Community Kitchens

Cooperative Farms


Cooperative Design Lab

Co-op KickstartWeekend


Cooperative Consulting


food production
Food Production

Cooperative Fermentation Food Truck

Farm Dinners

Cooperative Farming

Community Supported Ferments

2014 projects
2014 Projects


  • ARCafe Transition
  • Crown of Maine Transition
  • Neverdun Farm
  • Serendipity Acres
  • Diggers Cooperative


  • Cooperative Design Lab
  • Co-op Kickstart Weekend
  • Cafe, Restaurant, and Community Kitchen Guide
  • Co-op Workshops and Presentations
  • DAWN Peer Consultant
  • Farm Dinners
  • Community Supported Ferments
  • Cooperative Farming
collaborative partners
Collaborative Partners

Cooperative Fermentation is working directly with:

  • Cooperative Development Institute
  • Resilience Hub

Other Potential Collaborators: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, US Federation of Worker Co-ops, Cooperative Fund of New England, Cooperative Maine, Local Sprouts Cooperative, Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative, Maine WORC, FEDCO, Slow Money Maine, New School, School Around Us, Neverdun Farm, CEI, Maine Farmland Trust, Cultivating Community, City of Portland