I need to decide whether it would be easier to start a new cooperative or join an existing one. I could always contact the one in Dayton for help getting started. I was hoping some of the members on this forum with experience in a cooperative farm could help me get started.
Hey and great idea! Would be really awesome if it works out for you.
I would suggest working on a farm as similar to the one you envision as you can find, first. After you put a good season or three in, then you can take what you've learned and apply it directly to your own farm...You can save a lot of guessing and trial and error this way!
Of course, that all depends on your current experience level. If you have successfully been gardening/farming already, then maybe it is time for you to try and put your dreams into reality. It would be a lot easier for you to market to other help/partners and customers if you have a positive track record of producing.
A lot also depends on gauging local interest in the idea. I would search Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus Meetup.com sites, facebook groups, and craigslist community section to get the feelers out there.