CoFED partners with young people of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to build food and land co-ops.

Summer Co-op Academy 2019


The 2019 SCA Cohort has been selected!

CoFED’s Summer Co-op Academy (SCA) is a week-long education intensive designed with love for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander youth who are working in co-ops and collectives to grow community health and wealth through food and land. Cooperative economics have always been vital to our collective survival, especially for Black and Brown folks on this continent and around the world. And as folks who are building co-ops and collectives for your people, you deserve to be supported with resources and processes that feel both relevant and liberating. At the SCA, you'll learn more about the cooperative hxstory, politics, economics and practices necessary to create community-led solutions that address issues of food and land sovereignty, sustainability and social justice. We are committed to practicing a community of care that is trauma-informed, centers healing and inclusive of diverse needs. We'll hold space, build power and reconnect to the earth and our ancestors. 

Here's a snapshot of one day at the Summer Co-op Academy:

Time Focus
8:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:15am Creating Group Processes for Accountability
10:15-10:30am BREAK
10:30-12:00pm Co-op Hxstory 101: A Global Perspective
12:00pm Lunch
1:00-3:00pm Swimming 
3:00-3:15pm BREAK
3:15-5:15pm Community Market Analysis and Research
5:15-5:30pm Daily Evaluation
5:30-6:30pm Office Hours/Siesta
6:30pm Dinner


As an SCA participant, you'll join a dynamic cohort of 7-10 cooperative and collective teams from across the US and Canada -- and a powerful community of peers. Summer Co-op Academy alumni belong to many different cooperatives and collectives, from immigrant-owned farms and herbal wellness centers to grocery stores, cafes and community gardens. We hope you'll take the connections, experiences, and tools you'll gain at Summer Co-op Academy back to your people, wherever your truth and vision lead you.


June 17, 2019 at 12:00pm - June 23, 2019
Earthseed Land Cooperative
Durham, NC
United States
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