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We regret to inform you of the recent deaths of two of our valued Financial Managers from the Co-op’s past: Bruce Boardman (died on March 25, 2024) and Ken McGee (died on April 25, 2024). Bruce came to us in 1998, a 61-year-old, retired CPA looking for part-time work. It didn’t take long for him to […]
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Join us on September 21st, 2024, from 10am – 1pm at the Retreat Farm North Barn. Our theme will be Our Community Impact. Thie is a family-friendly event! Stay tuned for more details.
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The meeting minutes of the Brattleboro Food Co-op Board of Directors held Monday, April 1, 2024. Present at meeting: Directors present: Calvin Dame, Judy Fink, Denise Glover, Anneka Kindler, Michele Meulendyk, Evan Silber, Jerelyn Wilson, and Vanessa Vadim [arrived late, departed early]. Directors Absent: Johanna Zalneraitis. Staff, Shareholders, and Others Present: GM Anthony Santorelli, Board […]
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Coffee  is truly a global connector. Almost the entire population of planet Earth could be divided into two groups: coffee consumers and coffee suppliers. These days there’s more gray area than there used to be–Beth Spong, CEO of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee, told me that in Indonesia, where a lot of coffee is grown, there’s […]
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On Friday, April 19th, Brattleboro Food Co-op hosted a Wellness Fair. Many folks applied to participate, and thirteen wonderful local businesses took part. The café bubbled over with excited energy as folks engaged in conversation, tried exercises and sampled goodies. In the words of life coach Heidi Fortsch, “It was a much needed infusion of […]
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People often ask me why I joined the board of the Brattleboro Food Co-op. They might say “I was on a board once…” and trail off with a sigh, following that with “Never again!”. Then they thank me for doing the “hard work” of being on the board. It’s true: board service can be tedious. […]
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By Sarah Brennan, Board Administrator/Sustainability Coordinator In honor of Earth Day, it’s time for an update on what the Co-op has been up to on the sustainability front. First off, allow me to introduce myself… I’ve been the Board Administrator since 2016, and last summer, I was given the privilege of an expanded role at […]
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Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting from Monday, March 4, 2024 Present at meeting Directors Present: Calvin Dame, Judy Fink, Denise Glover, Anneka Kindler, Michele Meulendyk, Jerelyn Wilson, Johanna Zalneraitis, and Vanessa Vadim [Zoom]. Board Directors Absent: Evan Silber. Staff, Shareholders, and Others Present: GM Anthony Santorelli, Board Administrator/Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Brennan.  President Jerelyn […]
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As a very young man in the 1980s, Larry Plesent started a successful window washing business. He was driven, energetic, bright, and creative. It seems the only thing that kept him down was this terrible rash that appeared on his forearms and wouldn’t go away for almost a decade.  No one in the medical community […]
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As shareholders doing our regular rounds through the Co-op, checking items off our shopping lists, it can be easy to forget that we’re participating in a global movement to change the world one co-op at a time. Recently, our new General Manager Anthony Santorelli, fellow Board member Denise Glover, and I had the opportunity to […]
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March Update

March 14, 2024
Greetings, fellow Cooperators!  As of this writing, it has been about one month since I assumed my new role as General Manager, and I thought it was about time to reach out to you all.  First and foremost I would like to just say thank you.  Thank you for all of your hard work and […]
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St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it, and we are celebrating at the BFC in true Irish style. Of course, all your traditional favorites are available for your delight, but we want to draw your focus this year to our outstanding Seafood department. We will celebrate the holiday with a big tasty […]
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