It’s that time of year when our local produce starts rolling in… Here’s our weekly update of whats currently available and whats coming…
Choose the newest four members of the Board. There are seven candidates to choose from this year. Check out their bios below and come in to the coop and make your choice.
Members must be current in their dues to vote.
Only one vote per person.
Ballots will be counted at Annual Meeting on April 7th
I see being on the Board as a great opportunity to get more connected to great people and a great place, and a chance to learn about the inner workings of our community. My primary reason for wanting to join the Board, is a feeling that turbulent times are probably on the horizon. We’re SO fortunate to have the strong hub of the co-op as a major community asset, already thriving and buzzing with life! Being more intimately involved in the workings of the Coop creates a huge opportunity to be part of the solution, helping to deepen community resilience. The challenge I see fast approaching is: How can we best preserve the financial and social capital of the Coop as well as other intangible assets?
My partner Andrew and I moved to Hardwick last summer. I joined Hardwick Chiropractic straight from practicing chiropractic in Peru, South America. When I’m not working, I can be found cooking, reading and enjoying and exploring the great outdoors. I have a strong background in Finance and Marketing, as well as community health.
I have really enjoyed the community within and around Hardwick, and I feel pulled to become more involved and offer my service and support to the community, however I am able. I have begun to get involved with Aware in Hard-wick and joined the coop in September 2012. I enjoy being a working member when I can and would love to become further involved in the coop; a place that I see as a hub for health, community activism and connection, and promoting freedom and choice.
I’ve been on the Board for two years now, filling the role of Treasurer for the past year. I hope to remain part of the Board as it addresses a number of important issues: member equity, employee compensation and benefits, clarifying the roles of the Board and the Collective, and – perhaps most important of all – how the Co-op manages growth
Bruce Kaufman (no picture available)
Bruce is farmer at Riverside Farm in East Hardwick. He has served on the board many times, most often at Treasurer, He is committed to making Buffalo Mountain Coop the best in the nation!
Four and a half years ago I first dis-covered Hardwick and the Buffalo Mountain Coop on a ‘site visit’ with the Sustainable Business and Communities program at Goddard College. I knew immediately this was the community I wanted to be planted in. For years I attended Quaker business meetings (in WI and Plainfield) to witness and participate in the collaborative, consensus process of Friends. My passions are climate science communication, biochar development, reinvigorating agriculture in the Grange, gardening, and enjoying the NEK community. I feel fortunate to have worked with the Coop as a vendor and employee over the past year and a half. I‘m running for the board because I want to contribute service to the Coop and support the ongoing vibrant health of BMC.
Michael lives in Hardwick and is an ecologist/botanist who does environ-mental work throughout the state. He also helps run a small organic farm where he and his family raise beef and apples. Michael previously served on the Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op board for six years, five of which were served as the chair.
I can often be seen clogging up the aisles of the coop with my three kids (and, occasionally my wife Rachael), but that’s one of the things I love about out little coop; it’s homey in that small house where you know everyone and know where everything is kind of way. For the past two years I’ve enjoyed representing you on the board even as we’ve worked to implement Policy Governance and made other efforts to improve the coop without changing it too much. With your support, I’ll be able to continue to serve.
Localvore? Localvore Week??? Well, a Localvore is an individual who eats food raised within a 100 mile radius of where they are at. We are challenging you to be a localvore for the week, a day, or even just a meal.
On Thursday Febuary 21rd, we will be transforming our produce display to be 100% local for the week, so no bananas, avocados, citrus, etc. We’ll have our winter seasonal menu available with loads of localvore recipes for you to try. There will be signage throughout the rest of the Coop to highlight our other localvore products.
To increase awareness about how important OUR local food system is.
To inspire a healthy diet while primarily using organic fruits and vegetables that are grown in our region.
To encourage dialogue about the consequences that industrialized farming has had and continues to have on our planet.
To see what local foods are available to us this particular time of year.
To help us prepare for future seasons and shortages when fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t readily available and for when we may no longer afford to buy imported foods.
To reduce our reliance on fossil fuels that provides us with food.
To promote canning, drying, storing and other food preservation practices.
To highlight our local products, vegetables, and the dedicated farmers who grow them. [Read more...]
Once upon a time there was a group that was informally referred to as the St. Buffalooski Cartel which, was comprised of staff from the St Johnsbury, Plainfield and Buffalo Mountain Food Coops. As small coops they each struggled to compete with the larger coops that were able to buy in larger quantities and therefore offer lower prices to their members. The Cartel banded together and made group purchases and coordinated transport of these products to each coop. They would also meet occasionally throughout the year…….. (read more)
Members Only Sale December 17th – 24th !
Take an extra 10% off at the register (excludes bread, cafe, beer/wine and dairy)
Special Order your Thanksgiving Turkey from Stonewood Farm $3.65/#. Place your order by October 12th and pick at the store will be on Tuesday November 20th.
Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:49 CST
There’s a story doing the rounds again, about how Monsanto, one of the world’s largest profiteers of genetically engineered (GE) food, banned GE food from its own corporate canteens!
Monsanto had its pants pulled down by Friends of the Earth in 1999, who revealed that the company was refusing to serve to its own staff the very same GE food that it incessantly foists upon impoverished nations on the premise that it will save populations from starvation. Although it has never been proved, Monsanto constantly claims that GE food is harmless – so why wasn’t it serving it in its own office?
In one canteen, run by external provider, Sutcliffe Catering, a notice read that a decision has been taken to remove, as far as practicable, GE soya and maize from all food products served in the canteen. “We have taken the above steps to ensure that you, the customer, can feel confident in the food we serve”, the provider said.
“We believe in choice”, said Monsanto, while the company actually made sure that by not serving GE food in its canteens they did not give staff the opportunity to ‘choose’ whether or not to eat GE food as they de facto ensure that the staff did not get to eat GE food. Yet the same choice isn’t available to farmers around the world, who most of the time have no choice but to plant GE crops, thanks to a seed market that is often dominated by Monsanto.
Once the GE seeds are in the ground, a vicious circle is started; farmers no longer have the opportunity to choose, as once GE seedshave been released into the environment it is not possible to contain or control them, as an individual seed travels with wind or is swept away by rainwater and may set root in soil owned by a farmer who does not at all want to plant GE seeds. In a recent protest in a Manhattan courtroom US farmers said it is no longer possible for them to keep GE seeds off their fields due to contamination.
If Monsanto decided for its staff that it cannot eat GE food, and actually removes the staff’s own right to choose, how come the rest of us cannot have the same opportunity? Over 90% of all processed food in the US - such as breakfast cereal and the chicken nuggets often served to kids – are now contaminated by GE, even if the farmers who produced the food actually did not intentionally grow any GE crops.
In one Monsanto office location, staff was reportedly happy to eat GE food, as they preferred food sprayed with fewer pesticides. However, the widespread and increasingly intensive use of pesticides in association with the use of GE crops poses suspected further risks to the environment and human health, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and birth defects. Monsanto’s sales pitch to farmers continues to promise reduced labor and financial savings by simplifying and reducing the costs of weed control.The reality turns out to be somewhat different, with GE crops attracting increasing health, biodiversity and environmental concerns, and the development of weed resistance.
Genetic Engineering, corporate control of people’s food and the over reliance on pesticides and herbicides are not the solutions. So what is? Ecological Farming. It’s safe. It’s do-able. And it’s happening now. Help us support farming for the future.
So Monsanto, if you feel so confident in the food you serve up to the rest of the planet – are you serving GE food in your canteen these days?