October is Co-op Month

It is easy to think of the Co-op as just another choice when you’re shopping for groceries. I know I sometimes do. It is easy to forget that co-ops are a radically different  alternative to meeting our needs: for food, for housing, for financial services, for insurance, for agriculture.  
Well, as a way to remind us of that, it turns out that October is Co-op Month! We have our own month!!! Co-op Month, it turns out, has been a nationally recognized celebration since 1964. 

Meet the Board – John H.

John Hatton is probably a familiar face to Co-op members; he’s been on the Board of Directors twice before, was the Board President when we decided to build our new building.  Before his current profession as a Realtor at Berkley & Veller, John was at Northeast Cooperatives until its demise, working with the member Co-ops who owned the cooperative natural foods’ warehouse.  He’s happy to say that when he and his family moved to Brattleboro from Connecticut, he realized that this is his place, and he doesn’t need to consider living anywhere else.

Board Looks Ahead

You may or may not be familiar with the fact that the Brattleboro Food Co-op Board and the General Manager operate under a set of guidelines called Policy Governance. Under these guidelines, the General Manager is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Co-op while the Board is responsible for hiring, overseeing and supporting the General Manager.  The work of the Board for the last year has been dominated by the search for and hiring of a new General Manager.  We could not be happier with having found and welcomed Lee Bradford.  Going forward, our immediate responsibility is to assist and support Lee in his first year with us. The good news: Lee is off to a great start!