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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.  

Guest Board of Directors: Power With Vs. Power Over: The Challenge of Cooperative Leadership PDF Print E-mail

by Jade Barker, Vice President, River Valley Market Board of Directors
August, 2014

This month, we are featuring a guest board article written by Jade Barker from River Valley Market. Jade is now the vice president of its co-op board in Northampton, MA, having completed several years as president while River Valley grew into its current fabulous existence. She received a prestigious award at the Consumers Cooperative Management Conference in Madison, WI, in June, singled out for her exceptional board leadership. Her call is to join the board, thoughtfully, and we would like to extend that call to BFC Shareholders for this fall!
As we begin another board election cycle, my reflections on leadership bring to mind a recent New Yorker cartoon. It shows a family lost in the jungle. The father, scratching his chin, says, “OK, I admit it, we’re lost. But the important thing is to remain focused on whose fault it is.” Assigning blame seems to be a default position for us humans, and is certainly a major way we currently try to effect change. Though our Co-op has overcome enormous hurdles since incorporating in 1999, our greatest challenge may be learning how to master “power with” or collaborative problem-solving versus “power over,” with its tendency to blame and shame.

Invitation to Shareholders Holding Co-op Loans PDF Print E-mail

Shareholders who lent funds to the Co-op for the new building:
We have scheduled an opportunity for you to come and hear more specific information on the status of your loans in terms of when we anticipate being able to pay interest due and to repay maturing loans.  Ken McGee (our financial manager) and I will present the financial outlook, and answer questions from participants.  
The meetings will take place in the Co-op’s Community Room on August 18 and 25 both starting at 5 p.m.  If neither of these dates works for you, let us know and we will schedule a one-on-one meeting to answer your questions.  
Contact info: Alex at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Ken at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Hope to see you there!

Ginger PDF Print E-mail

By Chris Ellis, Staff Nutritionist
August, 2014

Hooray for local ginger!!! This unique gnarled tuber is now available locally! It is harvested locally from late August into the fall so keep your eyes out for it in the produce section. Ginger is known for its soothing aroma and pungent and robust flavor. There is nothing like it and we are fortunate now to have it in our New England backyard instead of from tropical places faraway from here. Fresh ginger surpasses the dried form by leaps and bounds!!

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