22 episodes

Presented by www.coopfarming.coop.


A candid new podcast series will tell the stories of Australian farmers transforming their businesses and fighting back from the brink by working together.


Featuring leading primary producers, the eight-episode podcast MEET THE CO-OP FARMERS will address some of the biggest issues in farming, put forward solutions aimed at future-proofing Australian family farms and talk to farmers and fishers fighting back with the co-operative model.


Pete Lewis speaks frankly with farmers from all around Australia who are successfully using co-operative farming business models. Through their stories and real-life experiences (warts and all), you will learn how relevant and positive it can be to the farming model and farming in general, and how it literally changes lives.


Interviews with Stuart Crosthwaite (Mountain Milk), Doriana Mangili (Sweeter Banana), Natalie Browning (CBH), Rodger Long (Limestone Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative), Stephen Thandi (Oz Group), Emma Robinson (Beef Collaboration Project), Kerry Murphy (TAFCO) and Larry McHugh (Marquis Macadamias).

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Presented by www.coopfarming.coop.


A candid new podcast series will tell the stories of Australian farmers transforming their businesses and fighting back from the brink by working together.


Featuring leading primary producers, the eight-episode podcast MEET THE CO-OP FARMERS will address some of the biggest issues in farming, put forward solutions aimed at future-proofing Australian family farms and talk to farmers and fishers fighting back with the co-operative model.


Pete Lewis speaks frankly with farmers from all around Australia who are successfully using co-operative farming business models. Through their stories and real-life experiences (warts and all), you will learn how relevant and positive it can be to the farming model and farming in general, and how it literally changes lives.


Interviews with Stuart Crosthwaite (Mountain Milk), Doriana Mangili (Sweeter Banana), Natalie Browning (CBH), Rodger Long (Limestone Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative), Stephen Thandi (Oz Group), Emma Robinson (Beef Collaboration Project), Kerry Murphy (TAFCO) and Larry McHugh (Marquis Macadamias).

    From the west to the world: Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative

    From the west to the world: Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative

     Western Australia is known for many things – its stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, the WACA and its much-loved AFL teams. But it’s also home to Australia’s largest fishery, Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative, which is a full-service operation taking its members’ daily catch of western rock lobsters and transporting them around the globe.

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    Episode Notes:

    In this interview by rural journalist Michael Cavanagh with CEO Matt Rutter, you’ll discover more about this proud Australian co-op that’s over 70 years old and hear what’s involved in bringing premium seafood to international and local markets. You’ll also learn why the co-operative model is the ideal structure for this business, driving a purpose that extends beyond just profits.

    Links and resources:


    Listen to all podcasts – https://coopfarming.coop/podcasts/
    Find out more about Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative – https://brolos.com.au/
    Find out more about co-op farming – https://coopfarming.coop/
    Subscribe to our monthly Co-operative Farming e-newsletter – https://coopfarming.coop/subscribe-to-our-newsletter
    Contact the Meet the Co-op Farmers Podcast team – https://coopfarming.coop/contact/
    If you or your community want to know more about setting up and running a co-op, contact the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals – https://bccm.coop/
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    • 46 min
    The Lockyer Valley: Feeding Australia

    The Lockyer Valley: Feeding Australia

    Michael Cavanagh sat down with The Lockyer Fruit and Veggie Cooperative’s Colin Dorber – the driving force behind the co-op and a man committed to the future prosperity of the Lockyer Valley region.

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    Episode Notes:

    This month, we hear the inspiring story of Queensland's Lockyer Fruit and Veggie Cooperative which is helping to create an Australian-owned processing facility for locally grown produce. This co-op is designed to allow everyday Australians to support our farmers and contribute to ongoing food security. Michael Cavanagh sat down with Colin Dorber, the driving force behind the co-op and a man committed to the future prosperity of the Lockyer Valley region.

    Links and resources:


    Listen to all podcasts – https://coopfarming.coop/podcasts/
    Find out more about The Lockyer Fruit and Veggie Cooperative Ltd – https://lockyervalleyfoods.com.au/
    Find out more about co-op farming – https://coopfarming.coop/
    Subscribe to our monthly Co-operative Farming e-newsletter – https://coopfarming.coop/subscribe-to-our-newsletter
    Contact the Meet the Co-op Farmers Podcast team – https://coopfarming.coop/contact/
    If you or your community want to know more about setting up and running a co-op, contact the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals – https://bccm.coop/
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    • 44 min
    The Casino Food Co-op: Putting people before profits

    The Casino Food Co-op: Putting people before profits

    In this month’s podcast, we again focus on one of the leading co-operatives in the flood-ravaged Northern Rivers region of NSW – The Casino Food Co-op. Rural journalist Michael Cavanagh sat down with Simon Stahl, CEO of The Casino Food Co-op, the largest farmer-owned meat processing co-op in Australia with over 500 farmer members. Farming is an inherently difficult vocation, but knowing the Co-op has got their back has helped members navigate drought, fires, COVID-19 and more recently the devastating floods. Its people-first philosophy allowed them to support their community through this traumatic event.

    Discover why The Casino Food Co-op is such an asset to its community, and what the future holds for this forward-thinking co-operative.

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    Links & Resources:


    Listen to all podcasts – https://coopfarming.coop/podcasts/
    Find out more about The Casino Food Co-op – https://thecasinofoodcoop.com.au
    Read our story The secret behind The Casino Food Co-op's success: The power of community – https://coopfarming.coop/stories/the-secret-behind-the-casino-food-co-ops-success-the-power-of-community
    Find out more about co-op farming – https://coopfarming.coop/
    Subscribe to our monthly Co-operative Farming e-newsletter – https://coopfarming.coop/subscribe-to-our-newsletter
    Contact the Meet the Co-op Farmers Podcast team – https://coopfarming.coop/contact/
    If you or your community want to know more about setting up and running a co-op, contact the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals – https://bccm.coop/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min
    Summerland: Banking the Northern Rivers community through thick and thin

    Summerland: Banking the Northern Rivers community through thick and thin

    The Northern Rivers region of NSW is no stranger to floods. But this resilient community has been stretched to breaking point this year, with record-breaking floods reaching heights beyond what anyone had ever imagined. Rural journalist Michael Cavanagh joined John Williams, CEO of Summerland Credit Union, to find out what drives this member-owned bank to keep going in even the toughest circumstances.

    Discover why member-owned banks are an important part of the Co-operative Farming family, how Summerland’s co-operative values have informed its flood response and why Summerland is optimistic about the future. Discover more about the bank that’s putting its members first and strengthening the capacity of its community to recover from the 2022 floods.

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    Links & Resources:


    Listen to all podcasts – https://coopfarming.coop/podcasts/
    Find out more about the Summerland Credit Union – https://summerland.com.au/
    Read our story How Summerland Credit Union is helping the Northern Rivers get back to business – https://coopfarming.coop/stories/how-summerland-credit-union-is-helping-lismore-get-back-to-business
    Find out more about co-op farming – https://coopfarming.coop/
    Subscribe to our monthly Co-operative Farming e-newsletter – https://coopfarming.coop/subscribe-to-our-newsletter
    Contact the Meet the Co-op Farmers Podcast team – https://coopfarming.coop/contact/
    If you or your community want to know more about setting up and running a co-op, contact the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals – https://bccm.coop/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    From closed and condemned to thriving co-op

    From closed and condemned to thriving co-op

    When the town of Sea Lake was left with no local pub, the community took matters into their own hands, renovating a derelict building and opening the Royal Hotel as the Sea Lake Hotel Co-operative Limited.

    Rural journalist Michael Cavanagh caught up with the co-op’s chair, John Clohesy and secretary, Alison McClelland. In this podcast you will learn why the Royal Hotel is such an important part of the Sea Lake community, how their previous experience in running a hardware co-operative helped the community embrace the co-operative model again, and how running the Sea Lake Hotel Co-operative has united this small community, given the town a tourism boost and provided locals with a sense of self-agency.

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    Links & Resources:


    Listen to all podcasts – https://coopfarming.coop/podcasts/
    Read about the Sea Lake Hotel Co-operative Limited – the community co-op that revitalised a condemned pub – https://coopfarming.coop/stories/community-co-op-revitalises-condemned-pub/
    Find out more about co-op farming – https://coopfarming.coop/
    Subscribe to our monthly Co-operative Farming e-newsletter – https://coopfarming.coop/subscribe-to-our-newsletter
    Contact the Meet the Co-op Farmers Podcast team – https://coopfarming.coop/contact/
    If you or your community want to know more about setting up and running a co-op, contact the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals – https://bccm.coop/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min
    For the long haul: The co-op that's creating new opportunities for Eyre Peninsula grain growers

    For the long haul: The co-op that's creating new opportunities for Eyre Peninsula grain growers

    Mining companies and farmers are frequently adversaries, with very different plans for the natural resources in a region. However, through the formation of a co-op, Eyre Peninsula Co-operative Bulk Handling (EPCBH), the relationship between local grain growers and mining company Iron Road is characterised by co-operation, open communication and a genuine desire to create mutually beneficial outcomes. Agricultural journalist Michael Cavanagh talks to Tim Scholz, who is a farmer in the region, as well as director and chief executive officer of EPCBH and principal of stakeholder engagement with mining company Iron Road.

    In this podcast you will learn: how local grain growers and a mining company are working together to find a win-win situation, how the planned deep-water port at Cape Hardy could allow for grain and magnetite exports, and possibly even more, why co-ops give small farmers a voice and can empower them to collectively address sustainability challenges impacting their businesses and the wider community.

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    Links & Resources:


    Listen to all podcasts – https://coopfarming.coop/podcasts/
    Read about Eyre Peninsula Co-operative Bulk Handling – the co-op that's creating new opportunities for Eyre Peninsula grain growers – https://coopfarming.coop/stories/epcbh-the-co-op-thats-creating-new-opportunities-for-eyre-peninsula-grain-growers/
    Find out more about co-op farming – https://coopfarming.coop/
    Subscribe to our monthly Co-operative Farming e-newsletter – https://coopfarming.coop/subscribe-to-our-newsletter
    Contact the Meet the Co-op Farmers Podcast team – https://coopfarming.coop/contact/
    If you or your community want to know more about setting up and running a co-op, contact the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals – https://bccm.coop/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 51 min

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