We are a worker-owned cooperative started by Bronx Native, Joél Mejia, in the summer of 2020. Numerous information sessions have been held to educate people about becoming a worker-owner and cooperative economics in general, and after successfully vending at a new farmer’s market in the north Bronx area, a number of candidates trained to become worker-owners and spread the benefits of our products.
This summer we were able to serve over 100 customers, many of them first time microgreens tasters, with many coming back week after week to purchase their weekly dose. It was then that we saw it was a viable business and we started to develop the farm share program. Our goal was to launch in the winter of 2020. We have recently launched the Bronx’s first microgreens farm share program at the Riverdale Y Sunday Market, a very successful farmer’s market, which they have extended for the winter season for the first time. Our production is currently focused on the winter season which ends at the end of March.
The worker cooperative is operated by a diverse set of individuals with skills and passion that synchronize with the vision of the company. Grown at the founder’s house, we maximize floor space by growing vertically, and thus reducing overhead costs as we build capital. All members need to be trained in hydroponics and how to produce our products. Members then decide what aspect of the business they feel most called to, and thus, support that aspect of the business while always maintaining the farming operations that bring in the revenue. One of our real strengths has been keeping our budgets and expenses lean this way.
As a POC worker-owned cooperative, we are now hiring workers. For more info on worker owned cooperatives, visit nycworker.coop to inform yourself about cooperative economics before completing the form if you are interested in joining the team.
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