Farmer of the Month – June 2015

ansel and justinFlywheel Farm

 What Is Your Name?
Justin Cote and Ansel Ploog

 How many acres do you farm?
2-3 acres

What town is your Farm Located in?
Woodbury

How long have you been farming?
2 years

Why do you farm?
We farm because somebody has to!  We also enjoy the work and contributing to the agricultural heritage of this region.

What do you grow?
We grow lots of snap and snow peas, fava beans and dry beans, mustard greens and lettuces, cucumbers, patty pans, watermelons and muskmelons… Sweet corn and strawberries, tomatoes and peppers, eggplant and indigo!

Where does the food you grow go?
We sell to our local coops, restaurants, caterers and institutions as well as directly to our neighbors through our farmstand (located on Rt. 14, right across from Woodbury Lake.  We’re open Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 12-6pm).

What are your growing practices, if not certified organic? (fertilization, pesticides, etc…)
Our produce is certified organic by VOF.  We farm to put as much back into the soil as we take out.

Do you have any animals on your farm? (not including humans)
We raise hens to supply our farmstand with fresh eggs.  The eggs are not certified organic; the hens are fed a lot of vegetables and organic layer pellets.  We also raise rabbit meat on pasture and are working to eliminate rabbit pellets completely from their diet.

If you could be any fruit or vegetable, what would it be?
Ansel – A determinate tomato.
Justin – A spring-dug parsnip

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:         

Farmer of the Month – May 2015

Sunny MeadowSunny Meadow Farm, Cabot, VT

What Is Your Name?
Tony Ingraldi

 How many acres do you farm?

Two acres

How long have you been farming?

I’ve been farming off and on since 2001.  I’ve been at my current location in Cabot for the past four years.

 

Why do you farm?

I started farming because I wanted to be able to provide quality organic produce for my two young daughters at the time.  I feel that it is important to have a first hand knowledge of where my food comes.  Farming is also a great way for me to connect with the natural cycles of the world while also providing food security for my family.  I enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes form enjoying the bounty of my hard work.

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Get the Latest Issue of The Allium Family

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Greens – Issue 2

Annual Meeting Report

missed a deadlineMissed the Annual Meeting?

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.

DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER AND EARN WORKING MEMBER HOURS.
Sign up sheet is at the front of the store

2015 Board Election

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2015 Board of Directors Elections

  April 5th – April 19th

 

Your EQUITY must be up-to-date to vote
Get your BALLOT at the register
Only ONE VOTE per member
Choose FIVE CANDIDATES
Place your ballot in the BALLOT BOX

Ballots will be counted and new Board Members announced
at the Annual Meeting on April 19th
 

Click here to learn more about this year’s candidates.
*Voting must happen in-store.

charron gorelick kaufman lewsmith ludt marina sund
 

Board Nominations Due by March 22nd

voteGet involved with your Co-op. Run for the Board of Directors.  Nominations due March 22nd. Election April 5th-19th

Introducing “The Allium Family”

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Today the Produce Department released their first issue of “The Allium Family!” These pamphlets will be released through the year and will contain facts, recipes, and other information about a highlighted vegetable or fruit. Each “issue” will also feature an original comic created by local artists (and coop members) Leif Goldberg and Erin Rosenthal.

Show up to our Garlic tasting Monday March 9th at 5pm and get our first issue: “Garlic to the Rescue.” OR, just grab one while browsing our produce department…

OR JUST…

View or DOWNLOAD a printable copy HERE!!!

March 2015 Members Only Sale!!!

Members Only Sale - Mar 15