There are lots of different kinds of cooperatives, but they’re all built around the idea that the best way to change things is to work together. Our cooperative is made up of over 1,600 family farms and over 900 employees, all pooling their passion and resources to bring organic food to the tables of people across the country.
Organic Valley isn’t a giant corporation. We’re a cooperative of farmers across the country who share the same commitment to growing food the right way. We’re not driven by profits; we’re driven by principles.
Shared work, shared vision
Our farmers share the costs of getting their products to market, and they share the profits when the company does well. But along with everyone who works here, they share a vision of a healthier, more sustainable food system. Everything we do is a collaboration toward that goal.
We started in 1988 as just seven farmers
Our founders had the crazy idea that food could be raised the right way, and farmers should be treated fairly. It’s an idea as radical today as it was back then.
We used to be a bunch of idealists. And we still are today.
We believe in the idea that, if consumers demand high-quality organic food, grown the right way, we could all change the way we treat our land, our animals and our bodies.
Now, our almost 1,800 members own and run the company
Since 1960, big corporations have taken over more than 600,000 family-owned farms. And when shareholders of those big companies demand higher profits every year, farmers get squeezed to produce more for less pay. But at Organic Valley, it’s our company, so every farmer-member earns a fair living.
We’re proudly independent. And we’ll never sell.
We’re a bunch of farmers. So, of course we take the long view. We never take short cuts for short-term profits. We’ve always done things our way. And we always will.