2017 Board Election – Come vote!

Come on down to the Buffalo Mountain Food Coop and vote for your Board of Directors.  There are five seats and five candidates.  All co-op members in good standing may cast a vote.  Ask for a ballot at the register OR you can vote at our Annual Meeting & Gathering on Sunday April 2nd  (5-7:30pm at the United Church of Hardwick).


Keith Bellairs

I have been a Hardwick resident for going on three years, and Buffalo Mountain is one of the reasons we moved here. I helped start a natural foods coop in the mid 70s when we had a farm in Minnesota. When we moved to the Twin Cities I was on the board of North Country Coop in Minneapolis. Later I have been a member at other coops. So I have been involved in the coop movement as a member, working member and director for about 40 years.

I am 73 years old and retired from a career in IT. Before that I had a career as a lawyer. Over the years I have gathered degrees from Dartmouth, the University of Michigan Law School, and the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. I practiced corporate law and then small town law in a town about the size of Hardwick. Later I was an IT consultant with clients in insurance and technology such as 3M and IBM.

Most recently Judy and I lived in Canada. We have both been environmental activists for decades. In Minnesota Judy worked for the Sierra Club and I was the Sierra Club’s Minnesota chapter political chair. In Canada Judy was a volunteer with the Sierra Club of Canada and I was on the finance committee and the national board of the Sierra Club of Canada.


Karla Haas Moskowitz, Ph.D.

As a lifelong educator, political scientist, and civil servant, Karla has taught in pre-school through university settings. Over the last 35 years, she has also served as a classroom teacher, school administrator, non-profit founder and director, social entrepreneur, and organizational development consultant. Karla works to promote radicalism, activism, and authentic change in collaboration with individuals and communities seeking self-determination.  Karla specializes in Participatory Action Research / Phenomenology / Portraiture, and Auto-Ethnography; she believes in the integration of Creative Writing and Reflection in Teaching and Learning, Critical Multiculturalism, and Experiential/Travel/Place-Based Education.  Overall, Karla has been a member of cooperatives for most of her adult life, and recently has served on the Plainfield Food Coop Board. She is faculty at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and both the Teacher and Principal Institutes in Denver, Colorado. She has two beautiful and intelligent children, four exceptionally lovely grandchildren, and two adorable dogs.  She lives in a renovated trailer in East Hardwick .


 John Mandeville

John has been the Executive Director of the Lamoille Economic Development Corporation since March 2010.  Prior to that he was the Director of the Incubator Without Walls program at Lyndon State College and was briefly the President of Northern Community Management Corp., a property management firm specializing in affordable housing for low income families, senior citizens and the disabled.  John served as the Area Business Advisor for the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont as well as for Lamoille County for the VtSBDC for two years. He was also an executive for the New England Culinary Institute for five years after moving to Vermont with his family in July 2000.  Prior to moving to Vermont he served as the Managing Director/COO for the European subsidiary of an American company and lived in England for seven years.  He has also owned two businesses; a business consulting firm in Manhattan for seven years and the Central California Region for international franchisor, Decorating Den, Inc. for five.


Marina Carleton

I have served for two years on the Buffalo Mountain Food Coop Board, and am seeking re-election for another two-year term.  I am a local to Hardwick, and grew up in the area – I’ve been shopping, and working, at the Buffalo Mountain Food Coop since I was a little girl.  I love this place deeply, and it’s an honor to serve in furthering the coop’s mission and future stability.  I feel strongly that the coop is more than just a food store – it is a community.  A hub of socializing, organizing, educating, and support.



David Ludt

A short story for our consideration:

Circumstances arose one day which delayed preparation of the dinner of a Soto Zen master, Fugai, and his followers.  In haste the cook went to the garden with his curved knife and cut off the tops of green vegetables, chopped them together, and made soup, unaware that in his haste he had included a part of a snake in the vegetables.

The followers of Fugai thought they had never tasted such great soup.  But when the master himself found the snake’s head in his bowl, he summoned the cook.

“What is this?” he demanded, holding up the head of the snake.

“Oh, thank you, master,” replied the cook, taking the morsel and eating it quickly.


I was born near the shores of the second most polluted lake in the world, in Haudenosuanee nation, Syracuse NY.  I attended public and catholic school.  I’m pretty good at pointing at the moon.  I believe in community and freedom.  I pretend to live in South Walden.  It’s been an honor to serve on the board this past 18 months; if re-elected, I will continue to work for our community resilience, coherence, and creativity.

Spring/Summer Bullsheet!

The Spring/Summer Bullsheet is here! Come in and grab a copy or download your own by clicking here!

Survey Results

Survey Results

More information to come at the Annual Meeting on April 24th

Winter/Spring Bullsheet 2016

Winter/Spring 2016

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Co-op Birthday Party August 29th!!!

All are welcome to this community event to take place on Saturday August 29th 4-10pm.

Join us for an evening of games, potluck dinner and live performances by Too Hot to Handle, Granite Junction, Jan Sebon and the VT Raras, Bread & Puppet and Modern Times Theater.

If you have questions, contact Rachel or Kate at the Co-op 472-6020 or info@buffalomountaincoop.orgmodern times

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Buffalo Mountain Co-op Stands with Migrant Justice

Dear Buffalo Mountain Co-op Members,
Vermont dairy worker’s have an important campaign underway calling for a national day of action on June 20th to urge Ben & Jerry’s to stand for farm worker’s rights in their supply chain by joining a new worker’s rights initiative–The Milk with Dignity Program
Dairy farm worker’s in Vermont work 60-80 hrs a week; 40% earn less than Vt minimum wage and don’t have a day off; 30% have had a work place injury or illness; and 20% face wage theft.  But there’s hope! VT dairy workers need you solidarity! 
Here’s what you can do:
  1. Sign on to the #MilkwithDignity organizational letter of support.
  2. Email your networks about June 20th day of action (Sample language below).
  3. Organize an action on June 20th! Click here for the Action Toolkit: http://bit.ly/J20ActionTools
  4. Social Media Actions:

Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op stands with @migrantjustice. Tell @benandjerrys @JosSolheim: #MilkwithDignity Now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nalzqfc5Hes&feature=youtu.bemwd

Vision of the Co-op’s Future

What will the Co-op look like in 10 years?

One of the main jobs of the board is to plan for the future of the co-op. We have spent much of the last year working on visions of what the co-op could look like in the future and what that would mean for our store and community. Now, we need your help.

 After a six-month long look at where the coop is and has been the Visioning Committee has three possible futures: Stay-Put, Expansion and Back to Our Roots.

 What is your vision?

 Do you see us in a larger space and selling more mainstream foods and servicing a larger portion of the community? Do you see us staying where we are and working on improving our current store? Do you see us going back to our roots and selling mostly bulk and local food?

 Should we                   EXPAND?                STAY PUT? BACK TO OUR ROOTS?

 These are complicated issues and not all mutually exclusive. But having an overall direction from the membership about what you want is important for the board.

 Please READ:        

Please VOTE:         

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Annual Meeting Report

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Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Annual Meeting on Sunday April 19th. Year after year we see new faces and get to visit with familiar ones. Thank you to Kate Arnold and the rest of the kitchen volunteers and potluck contributors for a fabulous meal.  For those unable to attend or those who need a review, we present to you a Annual Meeting Recap

Financial Reports

2014 Balance Sheet

2014 Profit & Loss

Management Report

We are excited to announce that long-time sub, Ellen Bresler has been hired to manage the Dairy Department.  After 30 years of service, longtime staff member Annie Gaillard will be hanging up her tool belt.  We will miss her dearly!!!  Don’t be a stranger.

A non-GMO Committee was formed to address the growing concerns from our members and staff regarding the increase use of GMO ingredients in our food supply.  Our goals are to educate our members and community and get feedback.  What do you the members want?  More in-store labeling? A GMO-free store?  If you would like to help, please contact frey@buffalomountaincoop.org

Board Election

Congratulations to our newly-elected members to the board members Kay Charron and Marina Carleton. 

Congrats and welcome back to Bruce Kaufman, Steve Gorelick and Michael Lew-Smith our re-elected 

Welcome and Thank You for serving your co-op. 

A big thank you to Amy Sund and David Ludt for their interest in running.

Annual Meeting April 19th

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Annual Meeting

Sunday April 19th 5-8 pm

Hazen Union School

After a six-month long look at where the coop is and has been the Visioning Committee has created at three-part presentation highlighting three possible futures:
Stay PutExpansion and Back to our Roots.

The Visioning Committee looks forward to sharing this with you and welcome your feedback.

Sign up sheet is at the front of the store