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.

Board Member Elections – March 15-April 7

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


Joanna Beresford

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?

Allison Bogan

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.

Steven Gorelick

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!

Nancy Kellogg

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 Lew-Smith

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.

 Jason Miller

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.