The Beginning and Small Farms Program in Maricopa County connects existing and prospective producers with University and outside resources.
Our annual two-day workshop, Turning Dreams Into Reality: Starting a Farm in Arizona, is held each May at the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension office. Other learning opportunities include IPM walks, and hands-on training sessions in organic production techniques. Current research investigates unconventional leafy greens for summer production.
Cooperatives are organizations that are owned by all of the people that use the goods and services the organization provides. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines a cooperative as a user-owned, user-controlled business that distributes benefits on the basis of use. All of the members of the cooperative are equal owners and usually select directors through an election process. Some small farms organize into cooperatives to provide opportunities that are difficult to access when operating as an individual.