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You’re invited to our
2013 Annual Meeting
Honoring the Past,
Celebrating the Present,
Creating the Future
Sunday, October 27, 2:30 - 5 p.m.
Stonewall Farm, Keene NH
Come celebrate the opening of our Co-op and honor all the hard work
offered by you, our friends and neighbors, to make our Co-op happen.
Hear updates on how our new store is doing, discover ways we can work
together to strengthen our co-op and meet our 2013 Board Nominees.
Enjoy conversations with some of our local farmers and producers, who
sell their goods at the Co-op, including Chris Caserta from Walpole Valley
Farms. Chris will share the impact the Co-op has had on his family business
and the potential our Co-op has to strengthen our local economy.
2:30 pm: Welcome
• Kid’s Corner Starts
• Enjoy Local Pie and Ice Cream
• Meet Local Farmers & Producers,
• Time for Member-Owner Feedback
• Local Pie Baking Contest*
3:30 pm: Business Meeting
• Reports from Co-op Management and Board
• Question and Answer Session
• Local Pie Baking Contest Winner Announced
4:30: Guest Speaker
• Chris Caserta from Walpole Valley Farms
“Building Our Local Economy: Our Family Farm and the Co-op”
5 pm: Closing Remarks
• Kid’s Corner Wraps Up
• Vote for Board of Directors
* Local Pie Baking Contest: The
winner receives a gift basket filled with
locally grown and made products from the
Co-op. Pies judged on two criteria: number
of ingredients produced locally (within 100
mile radius of the Monadnock Food Co-op)
Chris Caserta from Walpole Valley Farms
Building Our Local Economy:
Our Family Farm and the Co-op
make a day of it!
Haunted Hayrides & Walks
At Stonewall Farm, 2 - 6 pm
Before or after the annual meeting, join Stonewall Farm for their annual
Haunted Hayride. Explore the spooky side of the farm with family-friendly
hayrides through the enchanted woods. For the older ones looking for a real
fright, take a walk on the Haunted Trail. Keep an eye out for live characters!
$4/Adult & $2/Child.
Haunted Trail Walks:
$3 each for those age 13 and over.
Kathleen Burke, Keene, 1-year resident
Program Coordinator, Monadnock Buy Local
I have extensive experience with food co-ops and serving on various
Board of Directors. I was the first store manager of the Blue Hill
Co-op in Maine and then served on the Board of Directors for 3 years. I have
seen, firsthand, how a food co-op builds community by supporting local farmers
and food producers and how the Co-op becomes a venue for community action
and involvement. I believe my experience with governance policy and store
management would be an asset to your team.
I am passionate about community. Community encompasses many different
things for me. It is as simple as being the welcoming neighborhood home (the one
with the TV!) for the child sports enthusiast, to making most of my purchases at
locally owned businesses. If elected to the Board, my focus would be on creating
a Co-op that welcomes diversity and becomes the hub for social interaction and
change. I will continue to work on the Healthy Food Access for All and encourage
membership to get involved in the GMO labeling effort.
Anton Elbers, Alstead, 42-year resident
Owner, Orchard Hill Farm
I wish to support the continued development of connections between
local growers & producers and consumers and feel the co-op is an
ideal outlet for their products. I have been involved in growing food
for the past 42 years and living in cooperative community for most
of that time.
I was part of the group process creating The Orchard School and brought Policy
Governance to the Board to strengthen the organization in its early years. I have
served on the Board with a break for 5 years and have served in different roles
on the board depending on the need. I’m currently Treasurer on the Board of
Trustees of The Orchard School.
Photo by Steve Hooper
Sarah Harpster, Keene, 7-year resident
Gleaning Coordinator,The Community Kitchen, Inc.
My goal is to help build up strength and resilience in my community,
and I feel most strongly about building a strong local food system
that especially supports local growers that carefully steward the land
while providing for the nutritional needs of their community, while also increasing
the access of all community members to fresh, healthy food options.
I am passionate about fairness, the holistic well-being of individual people,
families, organizations, and communities, the holistic well-being of species, natural
communities, and ecosystems, and creative expression, especially when it is applied
to making delicious food with fresh ingredients.You will often find me making an
extra effort to cook for a community meeting or “dinner train” for someone who
is unwell. I have really gotten to live my passions starting this summer in my new
role as a Gleaning Coordinator for The Community Kitchen. In this role, I help
bring fresh, local produce to community members who are experiencing food
insecurity, while helping local producers avoid wasting produce that is no longer
marketable.This is the most fulfilling role I have experienced.
view ballot on next page
Each Member-Owner is allocated one vote only and must be a paidin-full member (fully vested member) to be eligible to vote. Only the
designated legal owner of the membership can vote. Vote for no
more than THREE candidates. Board terms are for 3 years. Questions?
Call the Co-op at 603-355-8008.
Voting Member-Owner Name: __________________________
Cast your ballot at the Annual Meeting
Mail or bring your ballot in a sealed envelope to:
Monadnock Food Co-op
ATTN: Board Elections
34 Cypress Street, Keene NH 03431
All ballots must be received by the Co-op before
Sunday, October 27th at 5 pm.
(PRIVATELY OR INVESTOR-OWNED)
WITH EACH STORE
INCOME DEVOTED TO
ORGANICS AS A
ORGANICS AS A
PERCENTAGE OF ALL
ON LOCAL WAGES
OUT OF 100
Monadnock Food Co-op
34 Cypress Street
Keene, NH 03431
Please attend our Annual Meeting & cast your vote for our 2013 Co-op Board