Board's Eye View

Spring 2018 Board News & Views

Posted on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 @ 03:00 PM

Hello, fellow VFC Owners! As you can see, the expansion is in full swing. Isn’t it exciting to see the size and shape of our future Co-op? There is a lot more construction ahead and your patience is appreciated. Believe me, it will be worth it.

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My First Year on the VFC Board

Posted on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Over twenty years ago, I joined my first food co-op, the Olympia Food Co-op in Olympia Washington, because I believed passionately in the cooperative mission and supporting the local and organic food movements. Eleven years ago I was happy to have the opportunity to continue supporting the cooperative movement by becoming a member of the Viroqua Food Co+op when I moved to the area with my family. We knew if a small town could support such an incredible co-op it must be a special place. Indeed it is! And a little over one year ago, I decided to throw my hat into the ring, run for the Board of Directors, and be in a position of providing leadership, vision, and guidance for our Cooperative.

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Autumn 2017 Board News & Views

Posted on Sun, Sep 03, 2017 @ 04:39 PM

Harvest time is beginning! It is the best time of the year for many of us – a time to enjoy the bounty of the land (and some hard work) gives us. Check out this issue of the Pea Soup for some great fall foods featuring cool weather favorites such as apples, squash and fermented veggies.

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Tags: Board of Directors, VFC Election, Expansion, Capital Campaign

Run for a seat on the Viroqua Food Co+op Board of Directors

Posted on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 @ 05:30 AM

The Board has been busy planning Viroqua Food Co+op's store expansion. The building plans are progressing and soon get submitted to the City of Viroqua for the appropriate permits. As I write this, the start of construction is a matter of weeks away. For those of you with questions concerning this process, please go to the expansion news tab on our website for updates and answers to frequently asked questions. We also have expansion information at the Owner Services desk near the front of our store.

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Co-op Stewardship

Posted on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 06:00 AM

It has been an honor to serve the members of the VFC. After a year on the Board of Directors, I have come to appreciate the everyday hard work of the staff and General Manager. We have come a long way from the little store I remember shopping in as a child with my parents, but we do have further yet to go.

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Exciting Developments Yet To Come

Posted on Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 12:56 PM

The holidays are always a time of anticipation around the Co-op, but this year was especially exciting as the work on the new parking area was in full swing. Thank you to all of our customers for your patience and willingness to walk extra steps so that we all have plenty of parking during VFC’s future growth.

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Participating in Cooperative Governance

Posted on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Hopefully you are staying cool and enjoying the abundance of summer we find in our gardens, farmers markets and shelves of the VFC. My first full year as a Board member has been a rewarding and learning experience. I am impressed with the level of focus and awareness of our Board and the leadership of our General Manager Jan Rasikas, as we chart our path forward. We need your participation to insure we stay true to our mission and address the needs of our membership and greater community. The Board members are elected to represent the membership and function as stewards of the Cooperative; we greatly value your input and I encourage you to reach out directly to us, or with the multiple opportunities for your voice to be heard.

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Good Food Needs Good Leadership. Run for the VFC Board of Directors!

Posted on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

The Board has been busy finalizing the land purchase of the corner lot on Broadway and Center Avenue. This allows for expanded customer parking and facilitates plans for expanding the Viroqua Food Cooperative Store. There is more on that topic on the Expansion Blog. Also take a look at the Expansion Q&A page.

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Look for the P6 labels

Posted on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

If you shop regularly at the Viroqua Food Co-op, chances are you’ve seen theP6 labels and signs sprinkled throughout the store. But do you know what the label really means, and why we’re so excited to support products with that label?

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Reaping the Bounty

Posted on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 08:30 PM

For some of us, it’s our favorite time of the year. Autumn is here and it is time to reap the bounties of our hard work and pile up the harvest. Loads of local organic produce is on the shelves at the Co-op, including my favorite: squash. All the beautiful colors and shapes are a reminder of the wonderful diversity that is welcomed at our Co-op. What a blessing it is to live in an area of such abundance. The P6 Program continues to grow, with the VFC as a core participant. August was P6 Month. With chances to meet local producers during the scheduled tastings through the month, what a great opportunity that was to meet our P6 Producers and taste their local P6 products!

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