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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Our Speaker & Demo Series! March is Women’s History Month, and we’re thrilled to bring you a special Speaker & Demo Series featuring inspiring women from various businesses. Ever dreamt of starting your own business? Curious about the journey successful women have taken to get where they are today? Look […]
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By Calvin Dame, Board member In late August, the Co-op received the disappointing news that our respected and able General Manager, Lee Bradford, was departing. The Board of Directors of the Co-op is charged with the hiring and oversight of the General Manager, so aided by Emilee Hobbs, the Co-op’s Director of People and Culture, […]
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For a little context: this is written from the perspective of a BFC staff member who has worked at the Co-op for about thirteen years in various departments: first in the Kitchen, then Shareholder Services, and now as the Content & Community Relations Coordinator. (My name is Ruth and a lot of you reading this […]
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Call for applications to table at the BFC’s 2024 Wellness Fair!  We invite wellness-focused practitioners, organizations, and businesses to join us on Friday, April 19th, from 1:30-4:30 pm in the Co-op Cafe for the BFC’s 2024 Wellness Fair!  Tabling is free for this educational event, but space is limited, so please apply as early as […]
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Meeting Date: Monday, January 10, 2024  Present at Meeting Directors Present: Calvin Dame, Judy Fink, Denise Glover, Anneka Kindler, Michele Meulendyk, Jerelyn Wilson, and Johanna Zalneraitis. Directors Absent: Vanessa Vadim. Staff, Shareholders, and Others Present: CFO Anthony Santorelli, Director of Food Services Elias Abdul Sater, Board Administrator/Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Brennan. Shareholders Sheila Adams [Zoom, arrived […]
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By Michele Meulendyk When we think about a Board of Directors, it can be easy to imagine the cutthroat suits of our television shows and movies. Yet, your Co-op Board is neither cutthroat nor suited. Your Board is made up of your fellow shareholders. We are neighbors, retirees, staff members, activists, business owners, teachers, farmers, […]
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If you didn’t, you are not alone. These pieces of Black history, American history, and the history of the cooperative movement, along with countless others, have been missing—and often intentionally hidden—for many decades. The book Collective Courage by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard changed that in 2014. Her writing and research illuminated this important and often […]
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Little Lad’s popcorn has been a fan favorite within Maine’s state borders for twenty-five-plus years. It was created by Maria Fleming, a young mother and business owner in a small town in Maine. She had a rare passion and absolute determination to provide healthy food for her community, particularly its more impoverished members. Driven by […]
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The Board of Directors appointed Evan Silber to the Board as a Staff Director on January 10th. He will be serving through 2025, filling the remainder of the term vacated when Staff Director Denise Glover stepped down from the Board in June 2023. Here is his candidate statement.  1. Why would you like to serve […]
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What Would You Tell a Shareholder? From the January 2024 Board meeting:
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Brattleboro, VT – January 22, 2024 The Brattleboro Food Co-op is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Santorelli as its new General Manager, effective January 22nd. The decision was reached after a thorough selection process, culminating in a Board of Directors vote on January 10th. Anthony Santorelli, who has served as the Co-op’s Chief […]
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As of January 22nd, the Brattleboro Food Co-op will have a new General Manager. On Wednesday, January 10th, the Board of Directors voted to offer the position of General Manager to Anthony Santorelli. Anthony has been the Co-op’s CFO since April 2023. The Board’s decision is based on strong internal support from both managers and […]
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