Finding Success the Cooperative Way

Chuck Turner’s grandfather was a member of the Cowiche Growers cooperative. So was his father. The family has tried other places over the years but the 39-year-old grower plans to stay.

Turner, a fourth-generation farmer with 240 acres of apples, pears and cherries in the hills west of Yakima, Washington, guesses he could fetch higher prices at privately owned packers but doesn’t want to yield his voice as a grower-owner of the packing facility. In fact, he’s running for a position on the board of directors.

“We have an actual vested interest in the company,” he said.

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