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

This Cooperative Life: Farzana Serang

This Cooperative Life Blog Series

Interview #6: Farzana's Audio
Farzana's Cooperative Life Story



This final story, and the story of this series, was conducted by Faiza Farah of The Third Space. Faiza, interviewed me--but she won’t be blogging about it as I did, so in lieu of that here are some quick tidbits and interesting facts:

  • Gratitude. Thank you Anna, Kimberley, Kai, Yahya, and Faiza for your work on this interview series. Thank you to all of the interviewees and hundreds of people who inspired the idea and whose stories I wish could also be included. Thanks for listening to these stories!

  • Night Owls By Necessity. Faiza and I recorded the podcast at 2:30am, so you’ll get a raw, mostly coherent and unfiltered take on my thoughts about co-ops. Hoot-Hoot!

  • Going to Miss CoFED! This interview series represents one of the highlights of my time with CoFED: getting to meet and work with incredible people. As I move on to my next job, I will miss this community tremendously. 


An overview of my answers to our two signature questions:

1) What was my first experience with cooperatives?

FARZANA: While not a formal cooperative, like many immigrant families, I grew up in a shared household. I lived in a home with my grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

2) Which co-op principle was I most feeling the day of my interview?

FARZANA: Concern for Community & Cooperation among Cooperatives because the center on solidarity.


Full interview can be listened to on this link: 

Farzana's Cooperative Life Interview


THIS COOPERATIVE LIFE story series is a project of The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED), which provides tools and training for campus communities to develop strong cooperatively-run food businesses. We engage with a dynamic network to increase access to healthy food while promoting thriving, equitable, and resilient local economies. Special thanks to Smoking Ghosts for providing music, Kai Nagai-Rothe for production support, and our producer Faiza Farah.


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