Thursday, June 15, 2021, 7pm in the Rocktown History Lecture Hall
The customer-owned business model of the rural cooperative has a long history in America.
Rockingham Cooperative was formed out of a meeting of area farmer’s clubs on October 29, 1921. Starting with service to 268 member-owners resulting in business revenue of $17,000, the Cooperative has grown to a $110 million company with over 5,000 member-owners.
Adapting to new roles across different cross-sections of the agricultural industry contributed to the growth and allowed the Cooperative to better serve and support the agricultural producers who depend on the cooperative organization to look out for their best interests.
Like many area residents, Adam Ford has fond memories of spending his young years shopping at his local Rockingham Cooperative location. These memories conjure an appreciation for the smell of the feed warehouses and abundance of local groceries that served the rural residents of our county for years.
Adam, a Rockingham Cooperative employee, wrote The House Cooperation Built to spark those fond memories in all of us about the cooperative spirit of the agricultural community in and around Rockingham County.
Going back even earlier than the formation of Rockingham Cooperative on October 29, 1921, The House Cooperation Built provides a wide overview of the history of Rockingham Cooperative and the agricultural industry in the Shenandoah Valley over the past 100+ years.