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Producer of the Month: Butterworks Farm PDF Print E-mail

by Sabine Rhyne
October 2014

It was exactly 35 years ago this October that Jack and Anne Lazor officially began Butterworks Farm, home of organic yogurt made from the milk of Jersey cows. Butterworks has become such a staple in the dairy cooler, we might forget the pioneering nature of this product, this farm, this family. Ten miles from the Canadian border, and long before local was “cool,” Jack and Anne began making yogurt on their stove, with their baby daughter Christine nearby, and selling it first to neighbors, then to retailers and wholesalers across Vermont and New England.

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Board of Directors REPORT: Why is October Co-op Month? PDF Print E-mail

by Bob Lyons
October 2014

Perhaps cooperatives and harvest time are inextricably linked. After all, close to 30% of farmers’ produce is marketed through cooperatives in the United States. Agricultural cooperatives produce, process, and market all kinds of commodities, as well as provide financial services such as credit to their members. Many major brands are actually agricultural cooperatives; big businesses that nevertheless are controlled by their members and re-invest and distribute profits to their members. Some of these familiar brands are Ocean Spray, Sunkist, Welch’s, Florida’s Natural, Blue Diamond, Land O’ Lakes, Cabot Creamery, and Organic Valley.

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From the GM: Thank You For Your Support! PDF Print E-mail

by Alex Gyori
October 2014

Appreciation for BFC Shareholder Lenders

This past August, we invited BFC shareholders who had loaned funds to the Co-op for the Redevelopment Project to an informational meeting, repeated one week later, to present an update about when the Co-op would resume meeting its shareholder loan obligations. 
As Food for Thought readers know, interest payments and maturing loan principal repayments were suspended in December of 2012 because revenue had failed to meet projections, negatively 
impacting cash reserves. Almost half of the 165 shareholder lenders attended the meetings. Discussion was focused and supportive, good questions were asked and useful suggestions were voiced. Although details dealing with the loans may not be of interest to other shareholders, the presentation did 
cover how the Co-op is doing.  

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Community Partners: Food Connects PDF Print E-mail

By Sabine Rhyne
August, 2014

Many of you know that much of the BFC Education and Outreach work has been situated in the local schools. Like many of the initiatives with which the Co-op is involved, none of them can be achieved without strong community partners who have similar goals in mind. One of the most active is Food Connects, an organization whose mission is to “cultivate healthy food and farm connections in classrooms, cafeterias, and communities in and around Windham County, VT.” Sound familiar?

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