Coyle cooperative farm.


The reason for proposing a co-op is to share the assets of our farm for the use of the people at the farm. I also feel that the future for all of us is going to be difficult unless we work together as a community. The fact that the farm is self sufficient in electricity, water, food and energy may be very important in our near future for those who want to be part of the co op.


I am quoting Richard Heinberg below:

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2022-11-09/the-power-podcast-episode-8-powered-down-and-better-off/


Richard Heinberg
Well, it’s going to be an almost complete rethinking of how society works, because right now, you know, we are living at the height of the period of greatest population numbers and per capita consumption in all of human history, and that’s at an unsustainable level. So somehow, all of society’s structures and aspirations are going to have to be reoriented from continued growth, and increased per capita consumption toward other goals, away from profit and toward happiness and regeneration. And that means changing our relationship with power, from controlling our environment in ever deeper and stronger ways, to controlling ourselves. And from seeking to control other people, whether it’s through social media, or financially in various ways, to finding ways to cooperate with one another. So this is a fundamental shift of how society works. And we can get granular about that. But I think it’s important to start with that broad scale overview.


Richard Heinberg
Well, population is one thing. And that’s going to require a shift in cultural attitudes and religious attitudes. We have to take into account the sense of our environment’s carrying capacity for people. And we haven’t done that in recent decades. People in Indigenous societies did. They understood that if population was growing, that might not be a good thing, because it might mean hunger on the horizon, because the environment could only supply so much. With fossil fuels, we got out of that habit. We developed this attitude that, regardless of how much the population grows, we can always just put more fertilizer in the ground and grow more food, and everything will be fine. So we have to take some of those Indigenous attitudes toward the environment and its limits and recover some of those attitudes. Resource extraction, you know… Again, we’ve gotten used to this idea that we can just keep extracting renewable resources at whatever rate and nonrenewable resources — well, they’ll always be there. We’ve been fooling ourselves. And waste dumping: similarly, the environment can only absorb so much. Energy usage, land use, and then the whole question of inequality — economic inequality, social inequality — as we saw in the last couple of discussions we’ve had, you know, when when those grow, then society becomes more and more unstable. So we need ways of not just reducing inequality now, but also making sure that inequality doesn’t just bounce back in the future. Something we haven’t talked about is armaments, you know, that weapons are a form of social power. That’s one of the fundamental tools of social power. And so we’re armed to the teeth these days in the US almost, you know, literally, with with so many guns around. Well, what we’re talking about is not just gun control, but all kinds of armaments, including, of course, nuclear weapons, just reducing those to the point where the weapons we need are completely inconsequential and relatively harmless. We’ve made efforts along all of these lines in the last decades, but nowhere near what’s going to be required if we’re going to get through this century.


Our Coop suggestion :


For those in the co op there will be no charge for any products produced on the farm such as flour, veggies, chickens, eggs, water, vegetable oils or electricity. These are shared and provided by the group by the different managers and helpers on the farm.


The farm property is managed by those who have purchased or contributed funds or machinery to the farm and these people make the decisions . Decisions are made by one vote per contribution.. I suggest one year spent at the farm is equal to a $5000 donation to the farm at which time they would become a decision making member and vote in the decisions made on the farm.


The Farm, equipment and property cannot be sold. If circumstances arise that the farm cannot continue then the farm and property goes back to Mat and Dorothee if still alive and if not alive then donated to Longpoint or another farm trust yet to be named.


Decisions are to be made for the residence and various uses on the farm with an eye to expenses and incomes. Majority on the decision making voting passes the resolution.

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The oil pressing, egg and chicken sales and flour production are is part of the assets of the farm as stated in the finances which is available to everyone who work and get income in the cooperative.


All income from the farm field crops, oils and flour is farm income.


Coop members can have their own separate businesses with no connection to the farm other than renting space or fields. If one wants to put their business into the farm then there is financial and labour available but the income and expenses goes to the farm . Co op members can then work at the business which will have income and expenses to the farm property.


Members of the coop are paid for various chores such as the chicken manager or a helper. Each person is in charge of an area of the co-op for 6 months. Helpers also are for 6 months as well to help the manager and to learn the chores at hand. Chore leaders direct and control of the department and arrange for the work and use of helpers. The chores on the farm are not paid by the hour but by a settled amount for each chore that balances the incomes and expenses of the coop.


The cost of the products produced by the farm should be reasonably priced so that local people can afford them since the co op is self sufficient and the members are not paid by the hour. This may encourage local consumption which in turn will reduce our fossil fuel use in transportation. The farm is self sufficient in everything and if a majority decides to lower prices for the oils and flour this may be done if the finances work out. There may be no need to make high prices since the co-op is mainly self sufficient in food, water, heat and housing since we are not paid a high wage to produce our oils and flour.


The coop members will be covered by Workmans compensation for any injuries at the farm.


The farm maintains a liability insurance for any accidents to vehicles and those not on the coop.


Each person will pay for their share of housing or space used in the fields on the farm to the co op.


At present the cost of operating the farm is about $50,000 and the income as been about $35000 with Dorothee and I adding money from our pensions to balance the books. If the co op idea is accepted then mat and Dorothee will pay for the use of the house suggested at $2000 a month. This will go towards balancing the books for the coop.



A sample budget for the co op farm would be he following:



Coyle farm

expenses/month

incomes monthly

sample budget



House


2000

apartment


800




Ind work space


100




Farm manager

200


farm mangager helper

150





chicken manager

100


chicken helper

50





Garden manager

200


Garden helper

150





Maintenance

250


maint helper

150





Oil pressing

250


oil help

150





Horse

250


help

200





Field manager

200


field help

150





finances

200


helper

150





Computer man

150


help

100





Firewood manager

200


helper

50





press expenses

100





Horse expenses

100





Garden sales


20




Chicken sales


50




Vet expense

100





prop tax

400





Oil income


1000




Flour income


100




field rentals


250




Firewood manager

150


firewood helper

100





monthly

3650

4070

yearly

43800

48840



Richard Heinberg
Yeah, have realistic expectations, and then put your shoulder to the wheel. That’s all we can do. I wish I could have heard and taken some of this advice myself when I was younger. That’s why I put this list together. These are the kinds of things where I could have saved myself a lot of wasted time and effort if somebody had just sat me down and told me a few simple things about life skills. You know, my generation had basically all the information it needed. We had books like
Silent Spring, Limits to Growth, Small Is Beautiful. We could have tamped down consumption and population growth. But instead, we threw the biggest party in all of human history, and we’re leaving your generation, and the ones after, to clean up after and to hunt for the crumbs of what’s left. It’s incredibly unfair. The least we can do is offer whatever bits of wisdom we may have accumulated, and try to help any way we can.