At Organic Valley, community is a big part of our culture, too. We volunteer, send products to those in need and invest within the communities around us. Our headquarters is still located in La Farge, Wisconsin — a village of less than 800 people!

The togetherness and cooperation that co-ops encourage could be replicated and successful for many more (companies.)

“The co-op business model in some way needs to be the future because if it’s not the future, it means we’re continuing down a path that honors, celebrates and rewards the few at the expense of many,” McGeorge said.

There are about 3 million co-ops worldwide and about 10% of the world population is employed by a co-op, according to the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International.

There are different types of cooperatives, including:

Co-ops can be large like Organic Valley (more than 1,600 family farms) or small like apartment co-ops in New York City that are run strictly by residents. Maybe you’ve heard of the below organizations, but did you know they are co-ops?

Being a part of a cooperative creates a sense of unity and provides a space to share thoughts and find support. We are proud of our roots and the sense of unity found in our cooperative. We are stronger together.

Elizabeth McMullen

Elizabeth McMullen works in public relations at Organic Valley. McMullen lives near the Mississippi River in the beautiful Driftless region of Wisconsin. A self-proclaimed cow lover, she enjoys reading, being on the river and spending time with her family.

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