Small piece of news: we have engaged the services of a highly-recommended co-op developer, who thinks that we can have things sorted enough to actually move forward Very Soon. Meetings are going well, and everything that we learn about co-operatives suggests that this mode of business would require very little contorting to shape into the kind of thing that would work for us. We were initially going to go with a corporate model, but after speaking with some folks that are familiar with co-ops it looked like we’d be contorting a corporate entity into something very like a co-op. It made sense to start out with an organizational model that was closer to our desired end point. A corporate model is very flexible, but we don’t think we’ll need all those options.
We have a name: Cast Iron Farm Co-operative.
And now, to finish up work on those last few hard bits, for which we appear to have needed a deadline.