One of the Peach State’s
oldest black ag co-ops

ABOUT US

The West Georgia Farmer’s Cooperative (WGFC) is a grassroots, agricultural collective headquartered in Hamilton, Georgia. For the past 53 years, the co-op has held agriculture-focused meetings and events to help support small farmers, farming communities and local businesses in the food industry. Designed to build local food systems and wealth through cooperative economics, WGFC includes a network of beginner to veteran farmers. It often partners with state and federal agricultural experts to keep its members informed about modern farming practices that benefit the co-op and the state’s rural communities. WGFC is also a member of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund.

MEMBERSHIP

Interested in becoming a member of WGFC?
Annual membership is only $20.

For more information call 706-881-1249.
Meetings take place monthly at 7516 U.S. Hwy 27, South Hamilton, Georgia, 31811.

“The fact is: Blacks are still struggling, and we’re still losing land in our communities. Through WGFC, our younger generations have the benefit of entering the business side of agriculture early.”

— Eric Simpson, farmer and development coordinator of WGFC

FOCUS

Agricultural areas of interest WGFC educates members and the public about during meetings
and monthly farmer’s markets:

  • Environmental, rural and urban gardening
  • Starting your own farm
  • How to can and preserve foods
  • Growing and preparing herbs
  • Techniques to cooking crops
  • Producing services that benefit
    communities financially

WHAT IS A
CO-OP?

A co-op is a business that works for and is owned by its members. This model is exactly what WGFC does in agriculture. And guess what? Co-ops are everywhere — from grocery stores and health care to education and housing. WGFC’s members work together to empower one another and receive the best deals to become successful agribusiness professionals. Like WGFC, co-ops are beneficial because money stays in the community, members have a say in the business, they help build a more inclusive economy and they support independent businesses. WGFC also sticks to the following 7 cooperative principles in order to sustain its co-op business model:

  • Members’ Economic Participation
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Education, Training & Information
  • Voluntary & Open Membership
  • Concern for Community
  • Autonomy & Independence

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80%

At one point, the percentage of the nation’s milk was handled by
dairy co-ops

35%

The percentage of the nation’s poor that live in the Black Belt Region, which is where most African-American ag co-ops are based

1%

Starting the 20th century, blacks owned less than 1 percent of all privately owned land in the nation

1966

The year WGFC was founded

2019

The year millions of Netflix viewers heard Killer Mike shout out the WGFC on his original series “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike”

$191 Billion

Ag co-ops generate billions in sales

60+

The number of WGFC members, including crop/dairy farmers, chefs, artists, educators and activists