How we work
The aim of HempGro is to work with our members to help them realise the best possible outcome for their crop. We help with agronomy by bringing in experts in the hemp field to assist our farmers to get their soil ready to grow. We aim to find the best possible seed for each area across the State. We aim to help with harvest and finally processing, be is seed or straw, from the crop. We aim to walk with our farmers the whole way through the process so they can organise their own business plans to suit their farms.
Why a Co-operative?
A co-operative is a proven business model that encompasses many participants and gives them a stronger voice in the marketplace. It has a set of 7 principles by which to govern its members and its business plan. These principles sit happily with the aims of the people building the WA Hemp Growers’ Co-op Ltd.
Principle 1: Open Membership
We have opened membership to anyone who has a current hemp growers/processes license.
Principle 2 : Democratic Member Control
Every member has a share and attached to that share in one vote.
Principle 3: Economic Participation
All members pay a membership subscription and will participate in the supply chain of our hemp seed to product processing.
Principle 4: Autonomy and Independence
We have a diverse Board which is elected by membership and changes on a rolling three-year term.
Principle 5: Education, Training and Information
We share with our members’ opportunities to develop their farming skills, through data collection, building agronomy packages, …
Principle 6: Cooperation amongst Co-operatives
We are building connections between other well-established cooperatives both in Australia and overseas.
Principle 7: Concern for Community
We see the beneficial environmental impact of industrial hemp with its ability to sequester carbon, remediate soils, replace plastic in the broader community, as well as many of the other 50,000 uses of the plant.