Meet Dyllan Usher, Nash Leef, and Jordan Harkendorff, cooperative member-owners of Salt Creek Farmers Co-op in Roca, NE.
What Salt Creek Farmers Co-op offers:
- Fresh Herbs
- Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
- Sustainable Cut Flowers
Nebraska's First Worker Owned Cooperative
With land located near Roca, Neb., Salt Creek Farmers Cooperative is Nebraska’s first-ever worker-owned cooperative farm. A cooperative business is different than other business structures because it is owned and controlled by a group of people who come together to meet the economic, social, and cultural needs as a jointly-owned business. (Read more here on What is a Cooperative?) At Salt Creek Cooperative, the farm workers in the business are also the owners of the business - they make the business and financial decisions democratically. In other business structures, a single owner may be the sole decision maker in the business.
Challenging Conventional Agriculture
The primary purpose of Salt Creek Cooperative is to increase Lincoln’s food sovereignty by sharing the joy of sustainably farmed herbs, flowers and veggies. Challenging conventional agricultural practices, Salt Creek doesn’t use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. They strive to blend the barrier between what is prairie and farm by growing native plants to the land.
Founded in the Autumn of 2021, three member-owners worked diligently to have their first production season in 2022. On only six acres, Salt Creek Farmers Cooperative grows organic no-till produce.
Are you interested in the mission of Salt Creek Farmers’ Cooperative? Do you want to grow food for the community? Salt Creek is always accepting new member applications!
Where to find Salt Creek Farmers Cooperative:
- Join their annual CSA (vegetable subscription) program: https://www.saltcreekcoop.com/csa-options
- Visit their Website
- Follow on Facebook
- Contact info: http://buylocalnebraska.org/online-food-guide/salt-creek-farmers-cooperative
This article was written in collaboration with Buy Fresh Buy Local staff and UNL Student Jaya Nelson.