Cooperatives are all around us
Cooperatives are so much a part of our daily lives that many don’t realize that some of the most familiar food and beverage products we buy and use regularly are produced and marketed by co-ops.
Co-ops provide power.
Nearly one in seven Virginians on almost a million Virginia homes, farms and businesses depend on our state’s 13 electric co-ops to provide their electricity. Learn more at www.vmdaec.com.
Co-ops fuel your life.
Thousands of Virginians purchase home heating oil, propane, gasoline and diesel fuel from a petroleum cooperative. Learn more at www.southernstates.com/energy/
Co-ops finance your life.
Virginians depend on credit unions for checking and savings accounts and Farm Credit to finance farms, businesses and rural homes. Learn more by visiting Colonial Farm Credit, MidAtlantic Farm Credit and Farm Credit of the Virginias.
Co-ops help farmers provide the food you eat.
Farm supply co-ops provide the seeds and fertilizers farmers need to grow crops and the feeds they need to grow livestock. Farmer co-ops also provide feeds for horse and pets and many also offer tools, plants and lawn and garden supplies. Learn more at Southern States.
Co-ops protect your investments.
If you insure property or vehicles with a mutual insurance company, you are dealing with a cooperative business. Learn more at Virginia Farm Bureau.
Co-ops put food on your table.
From meat and poultry to dairy products to vegetables, many of the products and national brands you use every day are produced and marketed by co-ops. Learn more at Fredericksburg Food Cooperative and Roanoke Natural Food Cooperative.
Here are some examples of co-op produced foods that are probably in your pantry or refrigerator right now.
- MarvaMaid Milk and Dairy Products
- Florida’s Natural Orange Juice
- Welch’s Grape Juice
- Ocean Spray Cranberries
- SunKist Oranges
- SunMaid Raisins
- Land-O-Lakes Butter
- Blue Diamond Almonds
- SueBee Honey
- TreeTop Apple Juice
- Cabot Cheese