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Producer of the Month: Old Friends Farm PDF Print E-mail

by Sabine Rhyne
August, 2014

If you have ever seriously committed yourself to gardening, you know that even on a small scale, the plants wield a tyranny of their own. Planting and weeding must happen before the rain, and harvesting must happen before the crop goes by.

The quest for balance in the quality of life is an important one for growers. It is a challenge that many of them take on willingly because the result is worth it.
Casey Steinberg and Missy Bahret established Old Friends Farm in Amherst, MA, eleven years ago. Their quest for balance drives their strategy for management of their remarkable acreage.

Want to earn Shareholder hours by providing nutrition education to your local school? PDF Print E-mail

Come join the BFC Co-op’s Education and Outreach Coordinator and Food Connects for a Harvest of the Month & Harvest Lessons training. We will share the basics of Harvest of the Month, including the more detailed curricular links of the Harvest Lessons, to prepare you to deliver the lessons. Once trained you can follow up with your local school or we can put you in touch with interested teachers. There is a lesson designed for each month, so you can build a strong connection with a classroom for the entire year!
Sessions scheduled in the Co-op Community Room Thursday, August 21st, 12-1:30 pm or 5-6:30 pm. Call Shareholder Services at 802-246-2821 for more information and to register.

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?

From the GM: August, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

By Alex Gyori
August, 2014

We Have a Contract!
On Wednesday, July 9th, employees of the Co-op who are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) voted in favor of accepting the proposed contract. The thumbs-up result is a significant step in the right direction. I believe that in forming this new partnership, Co-op management and non-management staff will move forward more confidently together, with rules and procedures that are more clearly defined.  

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