‘They’ve Got Our Back’: Virginia Farm Owners Explain the Value of Co-ops

From booming suburbs to remote rural farming communities, America’s electric cooperatives are engines of economic development across 56 percent of the nation. Each electric co-op is shaped by the community it serves and responds to the specific needs of their consumer-members.

Collectively, electric cooperatives invest $12 billion annually into local economies and play a pivotal role in the success of their communities.

Forrest Pritchard and his sister Betsy are two co-op members who run a farm and a bed and breakfast in Virginia. They spoke with us about the power of their local cooperative.