Strengthening Co-op Communities

Joining Online Marketplaces for Farmers


Learn how to leverage digital platforms in cooperative farming

Joining Online Marketplaces for Farmers

October 26, 2023 |  11:30 AM -1:30 PM EDT

Offered through a partnership between the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy and NCBA CLUSA, this mini-course will guide farmers through the process of joining and utilizing two popular online marketplaces, GrownBY and Open Food Network. These platforms offer valuable opportunities for farmers to connect directly with consumers, expand their market reach, and build a sustainable online presence. Whether you’re a small-scale farmer or part of a larger agricultural enterprise, this course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to effectively navigate these platforms and maximize your success in the digital marketplace.

By the end of the course, you will be able to identify your specific needs in this space, which will allow you to determine the next steps that are needed to further improve your skills and knowledge in this area. By covering a wide range of topics and offering insights and best practices from experienced practitioners, this course will provide you with practical knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own agricultural operations and digital projects.

Full Scholarships

The standard course fee is $150. Full scholarships are being offered to historically underserved farmers, ranchers, cooperators, cooperative developers, and those working in adjacent/related sectors based in the U.S. NCBA CLUSA is partnering with ICDE through its U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Strengthening Co-op Capacity for Historically Underserved Farmers project. Scholarship opportunities are being provided through resources from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

We encourage individuals or groups who have encountered barriers to accessing resources and opportunities—typically as a result of social, economic or cultural factors—and who have experienced discrimination or systemic disadvantages to apply.

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