community sustainabilityCo-op Membership
In 1964, 237 farmers each pitched in $1 to form Bleyhl Co-op because they saw the benefit of farmer-ownership and democratic control of their farm supplies and services. Bleyhl is governed by an eight-member board of directors that represent farms across the valley and Washington state at-large. The board members have a personal stake in seeing that the business meets its goal of helping members succeed. A percentage of annual profit is distributed back to members on a patronage basis. Our goal as a cooperative is to help our members achieve long-term prosperity and a better quality of life. Each member has one vote, regardless of the size of their farm. Bleyhl generates local jobs, and since the owner-members are local farmers, it isn't a company that will pick up and move to a more profitable region. We are a part of your community.
Anyone can be a customer at Bleyhl Co-op, but to be a member-owner you need to be an active farm producer in the state of Washington. To apply, fill out a membership application and a W-9 (for reporting dividend earnings). If you have not yet applied for credit with Bleyhl, that form will need filled out as well. To maintain your membership with Bleyhl Co-op, you must be actively farming and make a purchase each year.
Sometimes circumstances change and partnerships split or a member passes away. The bylaws dictate how equity is to be transfered after these events. Please contact us and we can help you out with the necessary paperwork.
Have questions about your membership or ready to apply?
Business Services Manager