From the Introduction:
The Castle Bruce Farmers’ Co-operative Society is scarcely five years, yet, it has already attracted considerable measures of enthusiasm and hostility. These extreme reactions have resulted more from events which gave birth to the co-operative than to its subsequent accomplishments. But the lasting value of Castle Bruce will depend not on the excitement of its origin, but on its capacity to function as a viable enterprise. For only by so doing can it give legitimacy to its beginning and demonstrate its claim to the economic and social advantages of co-operative production over plantation production.