Did you know that the Pioneer Valley is one of the most co-op dense regions in the country? Come hear from a few of the local worker cooperatives - where workers own their own business.
Sponsored by the Worker Cooperative Boot Camp project - a workforce training program offered through Springfield Technical Community College, in partnership with Wellspring Cooperative, Arise for Social Justice, United Food & Commercial Workers 1459, YWCA, and the Association of Black and Business Professionals.
Celebrate with us at a Press Conference and Reception:
Thursday June 8th, 2017
11am to 12pm— at the greenhouse site (121 Pinevale St)
12pm to 1pm—reception at the Greater New Life Christian Center (1326 Worcester St)
Techspring, 5th floor, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
(Parking validation will be provided)
Copies of Dr. Nembhard’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of the groundbreaking book, Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice, will facilitate an exploration of the rich history of African American economic cooperation and its role in movements for Black Civil Rights and economic equality.
Drawing on this inspiring history, participants will:
Understand the compelling case for using cooperatives in inclusive economic development strategies;
Understand how cooperatives address poverty and the marginalization of communities of color and immigrants;
Understand how cooperatives can bridge divides in the common interest of creating good jobs that are rooted in the community;
Understand how cooperatives create opportunities for business ownership, wealth building and democratic management.
About the Speaker: Jessica Gordon Nembhard is a political economist and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Africana Studies Department at John Jay College, City University of NY. She is also a member of the Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, and the US Solidarity Economy Network; and a member of the Leadership Team of Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE) DC. She was inducted into the Co-op Hall of Fame in 2016.
This workshop is one of a series of public events about cooperatives that are being organized as part of the Worker Cooperative Boot Camp Project. This Wellspring Cooperative initiative brings together a range of partners to develop a worker co-op certificate program through the Workforce Training program at Springfield Technical Community College. Participants of this certificate program will learn what it takes to work in a cooperative or to start one of their own.
Worker Cooperative Boot Camp Project partners include Arise for Social Justice, Association of Black Business and Professionals, Springfield Technical Community College, Workforce Training Program, United Food & Commercial Workers 1459, Wellspring Cooperative, and YWCA.
Workshop proudly sponsored by Baystate Health and Wellspring Cooperative
Invest In Your Values
Join us for light refreshments and demonstrations of healthy cooking & hydroponics.
Learn about an exciting opportunity to invest in Wellspring Harvest,
an urban hydroponic greenhouse co-operative, creating jobs, worker ownership and
fresh, local produce all year round in Springfield, MA.
When: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108
Special guest: Mayor Domenic Sarno
- sustainable urban agriculture
- local fresh food production
- job creation
- worker ownership
- wealth building & economic democracy
- training about sustainable urban agriculture for students and the local community
- a replicable model for community-based urban greenhouse and worker ownership
For more information about Wellspring Harvest and the investment opportunity, please visit our Wellspring Investment Fund page.
Thanks. Hope to see you there!
Host Committee for the Carriage House Event
Wellspring Harvest hosted three Commmunity Workshops on Urban agricultureCont