Dear Honest Weight Food CoOp Members,
During the recent weeks, there has been talk of the Board having a secret ‘agenda’ or ulterior motives for acting the way it did. I want to come out in the open and say, as a Board director, I do have an agenda and a vision for what I’d like to see at our coop.
I’d like to see the coop as a thriving community hub where people come to work in a supportive environment, buy their groceries and trust the source of their food, get specialty items to gift, attend one of the many classes offered by our members, and meet with friends for lunch at our cafe.
I want to see that everyone who contributes to our community has a voice in democratic decisionmaking as we further our mission, and that all members have a meaningful way of participating in our community.
I’d like to see my fellow Hispanic and immigrant friends feel welcome, no, INVITED to participate in all the coop has to contribute. I’d like to see the many refugees in the area as some of our future staff, vendors, and fellow members and the coop acting as a stepping stone for them to achieve their dreams. I’d like to see the community immediately surrounding the store start to see the coop as a community resource for healthy food, nutrition education, jobs, social connection, and for those who can easily walk to the coop to feel as included in the coop as the longest commuting members are.
I dream of seeing an edible community garden, solar panels, the installation of a grey water system, a bike share program, and other initiatives at the store to make the coop a leader in sustainability in the Capital Region.
I want to see continued support for all things local by turning the question around from “what can you provide to the coop?” to “what can the coop do for you?” I want to hear more stories of our staff and members, inspired by what they learn at the coop, venture out to produce the best salsa, handmade beauty products, locally brewed beer, homeopathic and botanical remedies, vegetarian kimchi, bread and baked goods, and many more items, knowing that the coop will accommodate providing to their growing customer base.
I hope to help create stronger relationships with local organizations to start innovative programs that further our mission and contribute to empowering various communities in the area. I want to see a refugee farm that utilizes individuals’ experience and expertise in agriculture to enable newly arrived refugees to provide for their families and contribute to the agricultural diversity in our region. I want to see the coop do more to provide healthy lunches to school children, affordable meals to community members, and training programs for future food producers.
Most of all, I want to see an end to the analyzing and reanalyzing of the recent votes to retain or remove Board members, and other such conspiracy-laden hypotheses about what the Board is doing or thinking in order to make a point. Instead, let us work together as we come out of this internal crisis and see the many opportunities we are presented with that enable us to contribute to our mission and our community.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to make a difference in our community.