Richard and Ruthie Carter
“We are thankful to receive technical support through Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s 2501 Program and Allen McReynolds.”
Peggy and Alonzo Miller
For Alonzo and Peggy Miller, the WCSHC has given them a “jump start.” “It has actually put us ahead in the game of farming”, they both agree.
“You must be patient and undeterred in your path to homeownership. WCSHC’s Homeownership Program provided my family with timely services from completing the initial application, homebuyers’ education classes and closing process. This process enables me to build a level of confident in this life’s long obligation and I am thankful to Winston County Self Help Cooperative.”
Gloria Moore and Willie Kincaid
“Without the guidance of WCSHC and NRCS our dreams would still be just a fore thought.”
Rhema Ranch, Union Springs, Alabama
“You, Honorable Mayor, are truly blessed to be a model and are a highly respected mentor to us for the work you do for Rural America, not just Mississippi. You’re absolutely right, as stated in many of your presentations, your obituary will state “all used up” because you are giving everything you’ve got to give in your life right now. Thank you again for your generous gift of graciously educating us, the Rural Farm Community, on the marvelous benefits of working together resulting in ways to strengthen our Ag projects and for providing examples that will serve to maintain sustainable on the farm for future generations. Thank you again and please give my sincere regards to your family and Cooperative Members for a job well done.”
WCSHC Founding Member
“Our organization creates opportunities for small farmers by providing technical support and developing farm management plans.”
“I am building my farm operation with an aim of becoming a full-time farmer to feed America. Presently, I am working for Natchez Trace Electric Power Association as apprentice linemen. I would like to thank Winston County Self Help Cooperative and USDA-Farm Service Agency for making my dreams a reality.”
“First, thank you Mr. Taylor for the invitation to be a part of Winston County Self Help Co-Op Organization. The meeting was very informative along with helpful presentations. Your service is greatly appreciated. Again, thanks.”
“I will encourage other individuals to join a veteran Community-Based Organization with similar objectives as WCSHC to learn processes of working collectively to avoid costly mistakes.”
“The WCSHC is providing leadership in times of uncertainties and assisted me with purchasing a home in 2005.They provided one-on-one counseling with budgeting, lenders and post purchase assistance. WCSHC is making a different to help preserve our communities and we are appreciative of their efforts.”
Former Heifer International South Central Project Leader
“WCSHC started the project with seed money from Heifer International but under Frank they took it to another level of success for a local project,” said Jones. “He has helped change lives in Rural America and that is what Heifer International is about,” added Jones.
“I am learning processes through working with our local conservationist and participating in WCSHC’s business sessions. I didn’t realize programs existed to assist small farmers to enhance their opportunities of succeeding until joining WCSHC in 2005. We receive monthly news brochures from USDA and WCSHC publishes newsletters informing members of upcoming programs and sign-up dates. The most recently brochure reminded farmers of County Committee’s election process. Members participate in county’s work group sessions to determine program priorities and create policies. Partnering Helps Build Bridges to Success”.
President of the Leake, Madison & Scott (County) Farmers Connection Group
“We have attended several meetings of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s as a learning tool to gather valuable information concerning agricultural resources and become members of their network. Their meetings start and end on time. You leave WCSHC’s meetings with a wealth of knowledge and fire in your belly to create positive change. This is our goal for the Leake County Group as well. We hope to piggy-back and generate that same hope and inspire individuals to manage Mother Earth’s natural resources.“
Willie and Robin Matthews
“We joined Winston County Self Help Cooperative in 2001 & 04 because this organization reflects our dreams of keeping the family farm alive and growing fresh vegetables.”
“I will always be grateful for the information learned and shared through the Winston County Self Help Cooperative (WCSHC). Truly, the information I have obtained has been contributory to the well-being of my farmland.”
Carolyn and Charles Hampton
Grants through WCSHC made it possible to help stock their 2 acre pond and plant an orchard of a variety of fruit trees, and grape vines.
“I always had the vision to come back home and involve myself in cattle farming. After fifteen years, my vision has become a reality. My vision is being made possible by the assistance of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative, Natural Resource Conservation Services, Heifer International and other organizations.”
Program Manager for the Starkville Office of Health Help Mississippi
“WCSHC’s purpose of helping and providing services to its members, the community, and other Small Farmers have created sustainability with the Rural Communities through WCSHC’s service area.”
Willie and Sylvia Goss
“The co-op offers opportunities to acquire relevant information and collaborate with experience farmers to minimize mistakes.”