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Producer of the Month: Commonwealth Dairy PDF Print E-mail

August 2012
by Hannah Aleshnick

Tucked away from major throughways, between native oaks and juvenile Japanese maples, in a complex with Omega Optical, a branch of the Austine School, and a residential community, Commonwealth Dairy is subtle and unassuming. Its LEED-compliant facility emits modernity from every pore – clear, open corridors connecting pressurized rooms with clean stainless steel vats and piping, and everything pneumatically controlled by neon computer screens every step of the way: the temperature of the raw milk; the pH of the product during fermentation; and the balance of cream, whey, and milk protein in the vat.

Timeline PDF Print E-mail

 June 2012

2002  Started public conversation on whether to move Co-op to former Grand Union space on Putney Road
April 2002  Board invites environmental group Natural Logics to speak at annual meeting as part of process to educate board, management, and shareholders about green building and sustainable communities

2003  Began multi-year community engagement process  •  Decision to stay downtown based on shareholder and community feedback (community concerned about impact the business leaving would have on downtown)  •  Started to negotiate purchase & sale agreement with BAST corporation
August 2003  Received preliminary report from Natural Logic: Preparing the Ground for a Regenerative Market and Marketplace

January 16, 2004   Purchased Co-op Plaza property

March 2008  Feasibility study – 4 options: systems improvement/minor renovation, major renovation, build new, do nothing
August 2008  Board of Directors approves concept of going forward with new building
October 2008  Shareholder referendum to move forward with pursuing a new building: 77% in favor
November 2008  "Stone Soup" Community Design Charrette for Co-op and community stakeholders

February 2009  BFC Regenerative Design Charette for professionals in alternative energy
May 2009  Development Agreement signed between BFC, Housing VT, and Windham Housing Trust
May 2009   $1 million shareholder loan campaign launched

September 28, 2010   Groundbreaking ceremony

mid-June 2012   Anticipate new store opening
mid-September 2012   Projected date for final completion of site work, including new parking lot

Brattleboro Food Co-op, A New Cornerstone in Our Community PDF Print E-mail

 June, 2012

This story bears repeating: we have a brand-new, thoughtfully-built four-story building in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, which will provide housing and food to the downtown area. This investment in our local community was made carefully, and was carried out despite the economic recession that we have been struggling through. Only a cooperative would take this bold a step, employing so many, partnering with other community organizations, and ensuring that our downtown will continue to be vibrant and compelling to all who pass through here.
Long live the Cooperative Difference!

Board of Directors: Your Co-op Board: Want To Make A Run For It? PDF Print E-mail

by Harriet Tepfer
May 2012

Behind the scenes of every incorporated institution is a very important group of people – the Board of Directors. The board members of the Brattleboro Food Co-op, elected by the shareholders, are entrusted with ultimate responsibility for the success of our Co-op. Success for a co-op means that the business thrives both financially and, equally importantly, that the purpose, mission and principles of the co-op are properly implemented by staff and shareholders.

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