Summer 2016 Newsletter

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President's Report, April 2016
by Gail Falk

At this year's annual meeting, the Strategic Planning Task Force gave an overview of  its work and findings to date.  The Task Force was established by the Board, and the Management Collective concluded last summer that it was time to identify and focus on some long-term goals, including, but not only, the future of the building...

Treasurer's Report
Bob Fancher

Equity Dividends.

In 2014, we changed to an equity based model which replaced the previous membership model. Equity means that every member is a part owner in the Co-op. As a result, every member is eligible for an equity dividend...

Annual Meeting Report
By Gail Falk

When the membership gathered for "annual" meeting this year on April 16, it had actually been a year and a half since our previous annual meeting...

Giordano Checchi, new Co-op Board Member

I was born in Northern Italy, some 20 miles from the Swiss border.  The sense of community has always been very high in Europe, and still is.  The person, the individual, the human being, still today, comes first...

I'm not always sure where my next meal will come from…
by Michael Cerulli Billingsley

Food Insecurity doesn't just mean "going hungry."   Nor is it a fancy way to say eating badly.  It affects a lot of people...

Management Report
by Karen Starr

Today's snow showers in the middle of May were a clear reminder that we live in Vermont. It's been an unusually cool, erratic Spring so far, but the leaves are slowly emerging and the poor birds have arrived despite the craziness. Though we've had a rainy Spring, it's been welcome since there was no snow melt to start the growing season...

Herbs of the Summer Solstice

Elderflower(flowers of the elderberry bush, Sambucus nigra)

 Make elderflower cordial for a wonderful Summer Solstice drink which is quick and easy to make...

Summer 2016 Menu
by Daniel Marcus and Amba Connors, Wine pairings by Nancy Ellen

Cream of Asparagus Soup
Spaghetti and Spinach Frittata
Salad with Asian Greens and Maple Mustard Dressing
Strawberry Dumplings

As I write this it's May and the height of the planting season so we think of meals that are easy to prepare and make use of the best produce that's available...

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