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Board's Eye View
Thanks to all that attended our first “in-house” Annual Owners Meeting. We enjoyed a great chili supper and liquid refreshments as well as a few door prizes. The event was held in the new dining/meeting area of the store and included showcasing the accomplishments of the year, our current financial position, status of community initiatives and changes to the membership of the Board of Directors. We said thank you and goodbye to Karen Mischel and Larry Homstad and welcome to Olive Reynolds and Tonya Wagner. Eric Snowdeal was re-elected to another three-year term.Read More
Tempus fugit! Oh how time flies. I can’t believe I’m coming up on the end of my third year since being elected to the Viroqua Food Co+op Board of Directors! It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to represent the member owners during such an exciting time of change with the expansion of our wonderful Co-op. 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. It has been tremendously rewarding to be able to continue to contribute to the cooperative movement working with my fellow board members.Read More
"The equity of a co-op comes from its membership and serves multiple benefits... Building our equity is an important part of our balance sheet and long term financial health."
Due to my work at CROPP Cooperative (aka Organic Valley), and my longtime work with and dedication to retail cooperatives for my sustenance and community, I am constantly thinking about how we can build and grow a “cooperative movement.” What does that even mean, how are co-ops manifesting themselves today, and what can we do to encourage more?Read More
Many Thanks for Your Support!
As we near the end of the huge undertaking of our co-op expansion, many thanks are needed. Thanks to the owners and shoppers who have supported us during the major shifts, both within and outside our co-op. Thanks to the employees who have worked diligently in moving stock, again and again, to accommodate the contractors’ efforts – and kept smiling during challenging times. Thanks to the management for tirelessly dealing with the myriad of details and long hours to bring this project to completion. Thanks to the investors who allowed our co-op the ability to afford such a formidable investment in our local food system. And thanks for having faith that our shared future is bright here in our community.
After the last nail is hammered and the last bit of dust is swept away, we are hosting a Grand Reopening Celebration. The celebration begins at noon on Thursday, November 8th, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony outside the entrance. The fun and fantastic savings carry on through Saturday, November 10 – with exciting giveaways, lots of free samples, cooking demos, flash sales, live music, kids activities, and more! Please join us to celebrate this major step in our shared history.
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.Read More