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Alex Gyori for his contributions to the NFCA & his "Neighboring Co-operator" Award! See more at the Neighboring Food Coop Association facebook page.

 
The GM Search Process — A Shareholder’s Perspective PDF Print E-mail

by Jerelyn Wilson
March 2015

This past December I was thrilled to be randomly chosen as one of two Co-op shareholders to join the General Manager Search Committee. Having been a member of the Co-op for more than 30 years, with Alex Gyori at the helm for most of that time, I recognize just how important this decision is for us all. With the transition from Alex’s leadership, we will enter new territory. Our future general manager will bring new perspectives and new energy into the organization—and finding the right person for that role is not a trivial undertaking.

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

by Sabine Rhyne
March, 2015

Although it was a very cold morning, the sun shone brightly over the pastures of Bonvue Farm—which meant that the chickens in the translucent-fronted henhouse were warm and active. Brian McNeice keeps his chickens according to his principles: they eat well, are housed palatially, have plenty of gorgeous Vermont Land Trust pasture to work over, and even play well with others. That’s actually one way you can tell how chickens are kept: if they are bored, they peck on each other. “I make sure they have plenty of scratch grain, which I grind fresh every two days. That’s how they socialize,” explains Brian. In addition, he provides them with plenty of hay, which also entices them to peck, happily.

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From the GM: Transitions PDF Print E-mail

By Alex Gyori, General Manager
March, 2015

Not too long ago a good friend of mine, a long time Co-op shareholder, asked if we would be bringing in the new general manager six months or so before I leave my job here at the Co-op. That was mildly flattering to hear, his perception being how broad the responsibilities are for this position. My immediate reply was that the next person will need to come with well-developed skills and experience, requiring a much shorter break-in time. Still it was a perceptive question.

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