I’ve been a Plainfield Coop member for the past 30 years and I am committed to buying all our groceries at the coop. I firmly believe in the mission of the coop and I’m interested in helping to steer the coop in the direction that the members wish to go. I’m a good listener and I’m not coming in with big new ideas, but a willingness to volunteer on behalf of the coop community.
I retired last fall after 21 years as an ecologist at The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, a nonprofit conservation organization. I managed 20,000 acres of land, supervised staff, and managed budgets and grants. Some of you may know Chickering Bog Natural Area off Lightning Ridge Road in East Montpelier, one of the natural areas I managed. It has a nice walking trail and I encourage you to visit there! I’m also on the board of the Cross Vermont Trail Association https://www.crossvermont.org, a nonprofit working to build a 90-mile off-road trail from Burlington to Newbury.
I live about 1/2 mile from the coop. I’ve been an avid gardener for years and we keep a tiny flock of chickens. I grow apples and berries and put up a fair amount of food every year. I like to walk, hike, bicycle, cross country ski and be a naturalist-at-leisure. I like to cook and eat good food and I’m committed to the local food movement which the Coop helps to support.
Anne Van Couvering
I am a licensed naturopathic physician with an office on Elm Street in Montpelier, but mostly practice from my home on Main Street in Plainfield. We bought our house right before the pandemic, and the Co-op was a big part of the decision to buy here.
I have been shopping in and a member of coops for 40+ years. As a naturopathic doctor, I’m committed to healthy foods, locally sourced, and believe in eating locally. So many people are working to establish this model, and here we are with it ready-made! I want the Co-op to prosper. I am committed to walkability, and I believe that slow local food is the future.
My vision for the Co-op is that it will be a place where people want to come. Shopping at the Co-op should not be a duty. The Co-op should be a place where people look forward to shopping.
I have lived on Gray Road in Plainfield for the last 14 years. Together with my wife Lauren and our kids, I have operated a small organic farm, selling beef, pork, eggs, and raising jersey heifers for a local dairy farmer.
In the past I have worked on various farms and directed the organic certification program for Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-VT). I have worked for Organic Valley cooperative for the last 16 years, serving the farmer-owners across the northeast. I currently serve on the board of Rural Vermont, and I have served on the boards of several other organizations in the past.
I have been involved with local foods coops for more than 20 years, and I am a strong believer in their vital mission of bringing together communities in a way that focuses on values and healthy foods. I am willing to work on the difficult issues facing the Plainfield Co-op and am committed to an inclusive process that values member input.
Walker grew up on a farm in Cabot and has been a customer of the Plainfield Coop since age one. He worked as a cook at the Hunger Mountain Coop in his teens before moving out to Chicago to become a fine art printmaker and later founded a non-profit community-access lab: Latitude Chicago. Local, accessable, and sustainable food access has been a major part of his life and serving on the board of the Plainfield Coop is a way for him to stay involved in that world.
I moved to Vermont from Massachusetts in 1989, always having loved Vermont. I am a psychologist and psychoanalyst with a private practice in Montpelier. I settled in Plainfield in 1990, buying my own house on High St. in 1997. Doing yoga with Scottie and going to the Plainfield Coop both fell in my lap. Although my office is in Montpelier, more and more I find excuses to go to the Plainfield Co-op several times per week. My favorite farmers are Robin Taylor, Chris Thompson and the folks at Littlewood Farm. Kale is one of my favorite foods, as well as Robin Taylor’s cantaloupe, of course.
I feel more and more at home with the staff at the Plainfield Co-op. They kind of feel like family. So I will do everything I can to help us, the Co-op, continue to thrive wherever that might be. I bring to the Board my skills as a good listener; I can often discern what is not being said, which can be very useful at times.
Kathleen and her husband moved to Plainfield last year looking for a place to start a family, grow food, and raise animals. One baby, a robust (and weedy) garden, and 30 chickens later it seems they have found it! Kathleen has worked in grocery stores, as a mental health provider for under-resourced youth, and as a farmer, seeing first-hand the impact that access, or lack of access, to high quality and affordable food has on a person’s quality of life and happiness. She sees the Co-op as a wonderful way to get local and healthy food to the community and wants to play an active role in the Co-op’s mission.
Upcoming Board Meeting Agenda
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