About the Durham Farmers' County Co-op

Land Acknowledgement

The Durham Farmers’ County Co-op, comprising Orono and Grafton Co-ops and Wrights’ Feeds ‘N Needs, respectfully acknowledge that we are located on the Treaty and traditional territories of:

  • the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois),

  • the Huron-Wendat, and

  • the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and Chippewa (Ojibway) of the Anishinaabe (known collectively as the Williams Treaties First Nations).

The Co-op is humbled to recognize the longstanding and ongoing contributions made by the First Nations. We are grateful for the opportunities provided by these special lands that we all share, and we thank all the generations of people who have been, and will continue to be for generations to come, vigilant stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters.  

The Durham Farmers’ County Co-op was formed on July 28, 1947 by a group of rural people wishing to provide a consistent supply of products and services at a competitive price. A co-operative is controlled by the people it services. Its profits are reinvested into the co-operative or community directly benefiting its members. 

From this agricultural base, Durham Farmers’ County Co-operative has expanded to supply consumer goods and services. Our stores are staffed by experienced people, dedicated to serving both our members and the community at large.

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How do you become a member of Durham Farmers’ County Co-op?

  • Purchase a lifetime $10 membership

  • Members are encouraged to invest in interest-bearing members loans, as additional funds are essential to build a strong financial base for the co-operative.

  • Potential patronage entitlement requires the purchase of a $100 membership loan in addition to the membership fees.

​Membership Benefits

Choice & Market Control

Co-operatives were born because people wanted opportunity and fairness. Without a co-operative choice, farmers had very little say in the price they paid for their inputs and received on their produce. Co-operatives introduced choice to the market, as well as gave control to their members.

Member Savings on Purchases

1% member discount applies to bagged feed, seed, and in-store items at time of purchase. In addition to the daily benefits, Durham Farmers’ County Co-op holds members appreciation events where members can take advantage of products and services at special discounts.

 

Share the Profits

A co-operative is controlled by the people it services. Its profits are re-invested into the co-operative or community directly benefiting its members.

Participate

People make a co-operative. Members can participate in their co-operative, serve on its Board of Directors, attend annual meetings and freely offer suggestions to its directors and management.

Vote

In keeping with the co-operative philosophy, each members has a single vote. Members elect a Board of Directors to lead the co-operative and give its management direction.

History of the Durham Farmers' County Co-op