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.

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