WFHC Benefits


The WFHC offers a number of benefits to its farmer members, including:
  • a full-time Sales Manager
  • a full-time General Manager,
  • the $10 Million liability insurance required by distributors and buyers,
  • access to the ordering systems and software that many buyers use,
  • assistance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification,
  • marketing assistance and materials, preserving farmer identity to the end consumer
  • transportation planning and coordination
Farmer members of the WFHC make an initial, one-time equity investment of $1100 to become a member of the co-op. This buys 10, $100 membership shares and 1, $100 voting share. This allows each member a vote in co-op votes. The producer members vote at the annual meeting to elect 7 representatives to the board. The by-laws of the co-op are set so that farmers will always have a majority on the board and in member votes. Producer members will also receive, at the discretion of the board, disbursements of proceeds or profit from the business based on their patronage of the co-op.
The co-op operations are funded by member equity and a 12% commission on the value of all sales. Transportation planning and coordination is covered by the 12% commission but the cost of freight is currently not covered in this 12% commission.