These are the candidates for the board seats with terms expiring in 2022.
Candidates were asked to address the following areas in their statements:
- Current employment and work experience
- Previous Board experience
- What skills would you bring to the Board of Directors for Granite City Grocery (including training, education, or experience that qualifies you to sit on the Board)?
- Why would you like to serve on GCG’s Board of Directors?
- What is your vision for GCG 10 years down the road and what role would you play to achieve that vision?
- Can you make commitment for the entire length of the term to the responsibilities outlined in the candidate’s packet?
I am the IT specialist at the Aldrich Library. My background is small business start-ups and my formal education was focused on developing local economies. I assisted with the coordination of the Barre Heritage Festival for four years and this will be my seventh year working with the Granite City Grocery.
Barre has seen many changes in the last few years. We have seen our city undergo an impressive facelift, and she is still growing. Granite City Grocery is part of that growth. I am looking forward to it becoming the heart of our ever growing community.
Granite City Grocery will provide healthy affordable food to our community. It will be a gathering place and a community center. Founding the Granite City Grocery makes Barre a better community and a better city for us all to live in.
I have a background in environmental policy, sustainability, and organics management. I am currently employed at Grow Compost of Vermont, managing their commercial food scrap diversion program. Before that, I worked for another family-owned organics firm, Empire Zero. From 2011-2013, I served on the Board of Directors of ECOS, an environmental education and stewardship organization based in Niskayuna, NY.
I relish being able to make a measurable difference at my job every day, and strongly believe that Granite City Grocery will do the same for Barre. This community needs and deserves an affordable outlet for Vermont’s incredible bounty of agricultural products, and a place for Barre’s boundless energy and creativity to flourish. I am member #638, and am proud to bring a locally-owned and community-driven enterprise to one of Vermont’s most historic and wonderful towns.
I am currently employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and work in the Corporate Accounting department. I have worked for this company for 11 years in various departments and roles.
Something that I hear so often is that Barre is a food desert. While I completely agree with this statement, I believe that is only part of our local dilemma. This area is lacking a central hub, a place that brings all of us together for any reason.
I joined Granite City Grocery for the opportunity to be part of this growing community. To help build it up and see it take off. To me, co-op means community and I want nothing more that to be included in this positive action we are taking.
I have grant writing skills and excellent writing skills. I would like to help bring a grocery store to Barre, and improve the quality of life in Barre City.
10 years down the road, the Granite City Grocery is part of a thriving complex of local businesses. It fosters many related businesses and creates a climate that supports an active cultural life, and economic and social justice. I don't know what my role would be 10 years from now. Affordable housing, a liveable for the wage entire for length all, and of the environmental health are some of my interests.
Farmers To You shares Granite City Grocery’s goal to bring the best local food to our community, and GCG is pleased to pass along this information and discount opportunity. The following information is provided by Farmers To You:
Farmers To You is a blend of community-supported agriculture, the farmers’ market, and online shopping. This sustaining partnership between families and farmers is available year-round and offers a wide variety of foods to stock your pantry. You’ll find pasture-raised meats, organic produce, a full line of dairy products, prepared foods for quick dinners, and plenty of staples in their online marketplace. The newest pickup site for Downtown Barre takes place on Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm at the Morse Deli Block, 260 Main Street, Suite 19.
Orders currently may be picked up at two local places. Berlin at 446 Industrial Ln, opposite the Blue Cross Blue Shield campus is the Farmers to You hub site. Orders can also be picked up at 260 North Main Street, suite #19, right in Barre at the back entrance to Morse Block Deli.
Visit farmerstoyou.com to browse our website and learn more about us, but make sure to sign up using the links and steps below in order to get the Granite City Grocery discount. As a member you will receive 5% off your order on top of the 8% that is given to Vermont residents.
Join in four simple steps:
1. Create an account to shop from a full diet of local/regionally grown items.
2. Update your order weekly or simply leave a standing order on file.
3. Gather your bags of food each Wednesday at the convenient downtown Barre pick-up site.
4. Repeat each week!
Head to farmerstoyou.com to learn more and create an account. A weekly order of $40 or more (suggested) and an appetite for New England's best foods are all that is required.
Contact [email protected] with questions.
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To bring healthy, affordable food to our community.
A vibrant and healthy community with access to healthy food through an affordable, member-owned, grocery store.
Open To All: We are open to all members of the community; everyone can shop and anyone can become an owner.
Sustainability: We are committed to sustainable business practices that ensure we are a resource for the community for generations to come.
Community: We are committed to serving as a community hub where people can gather, connect, grow and learn through education, training and information.
Co-operation: We are committed to upholding the Seven Cooperative Principles which include:
Voluntary and Open Membership - Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability discrimination.
Democratic Member Control - Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
Members’ Economic Participation - Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested.
Autonomy and Independence - Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.
Education, Training and Information - Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
Cooperation among Cooperatives - Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
Concern for Community - While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.
Barre is an extraordinary community that is overflowing with compassion, empathy, and a sense of social responsibility. No matter how hard things get, our community has worked together to meet our own needs. It has always been that way. Since the granite boom, in the late 1800s, Barre has supported our community through co-ops. In 1900, the community built the Old Labor Hall to serve the political, economic, cultural, and social needs. In 1913, with our community flourishing and demand for fresh-baked goods skyrocketing, the Union Cooperative Store Bakery Building annex was built. Its wood-fired oven is still baking artisan bread today.
After the closure of the Old Labor Hall, through the hard times in the 1930s, radical politics in the ’70s, and the organic product movement in the ’90s, there has been one glaring hole overlooked. Our community lacks an affordable, convenient, local source of healthy food. Granite City Grocery, a member-owned, democratically governed, grocery cooperative, is on a mission to change that. Granite City Grocery incorporated in July of 2012. What started as a small group of Barre residents immediately gained over 300 member-owners. Soon after, a founding board was seated funding secured for a market study. Since then, we have met with potential developers to discuss the next steps. Every one of those developers has asked us to prove sustained membership growth and to show that we will have the resources needed to make your grocery store a success. While no specific number of memberships were set, thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers and an amazing community, we are on the right track.