Maple Valley, a pioneer in Organic and Fair Practices for maple production, is also a cooperative (co-op).
In 2007 we created a co-op with four classes of membership: Producers, Customers, Investors and Employees. Maple Valley decided to create The Organic Maple Cooperative co-op representing all of our stakeholders as a way to leverage the strength of our producer base, our outstanding employee knowledge and our strong customer following and to represent investors who believe in cooperatives as a socially responsible investment vehicle.
In our co-op, producers are the dominant stakeholders, with customers, producers, investors and employees each having a representative on the board. Our seven member board consists of four directors elected by producers and one director elected from each of the customer and investor, producer and employee groups.