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Producer of the Month: Vermont Compost Company PDF Print E-mail

by Sabine Rhyne
May 2015

 Vermont Compost founder Karl Hammer is one of those people who stick with you. Truly, five minutes into a conversation with him, and there you go, down the chutes of human history by way of Andean farming, jackasses (the furry kind with big ears), and soil biology. Along with the folks who started working with the land in Vermont in the 1970s, Karl began a lifelong experiment to explore the magic of life through soil. He started as a farmer in Vershire, and began working on the best possible recipes for manure compost mixes for his own business. Over time, he became more and more involved with understanding the complexity of soil health for various plant applications, and began focusing most of his energy on experimenting and improving his plant media. His goal is now to provide the best possible soils for certified organic farm production far and wide. Vermont Compost is, in fact, most widely used by farmers, specifically over 400 professional organic growers, with retail sales being a relatively small part of the business. This ensures that home gardeners like Brattleboro Food Co-op customers benefit from the care and attention that the Vermont Compost Company crew gives their mixes, care that those large farms count on.

Board of Directors: My Experience as a BFC BOD Newbie PDF Print E-mail

by Anne Senni
May 2015

Each year the Brattleboro Food Co-op holds elections for new members of the Board of Directors. In early 2014 I started kicking around the idea of running for the position. It’s a big commitment and I did not take it lightly. To better understand what it entailed and how the board operated, I spoke with directors and visited board meetings. I spoke with members to get a sense of their concerns. The BFC’s website gave me access to background information, history, and organizational details that I admit I had only perused in a peripheral sort of way before that. I think that’s true for most of us as shareholders—we care, but, “we’ve got lives to live, heah?” as I once heard a Red Sox fan yell at a slow pitcher.

From the GM: May News Items PDF Print E-mail

by Alex Gyori
May 2015

We Are Gaining Momentum

Since April of 2014, the journey back to the Co-op’s accustomed fiscal strength has been positive and encouraging, yet we are not yet where we would like to be. Sales are growing, as can be seen in the accompanying graph, and a substantial upsurge in the rate of new shareholder sign-ups this past year has boosted our steady improvement. In the last nine months, 315 people joined the Co-op, which is about 6% better than the pattern we have seen over the past few years.
We welcome all of our new cooperators, and thank everyone for your continued support!
Note: The 3rd quarter started December 29 and ended on March 29.

Want GMOs Labeled? Contact Congress Today PDF Print E-mail

If you would like see GMO foods labeled, now is a critical time to contact your elected Congressional officials. Right now, Congress is debating a proposed law that would block mandatory GMO labeling at the national and state levels. Benignly titled the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, this bill establishes new barriers to a national mandatory labeling system, and undermines the public will by nullifying GMO labeling laws already on the books in Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. It would also prevent states from passing any future GMO labeling laws.

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