YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE

By exercising your member right to vote in our annual board of directors election, you are actively participating in the democratic process that guides our co-op. You may vote for up to four candidates to fill the four open board seats of Debbie Brown, Hlee Vang, Diana Chaman, and Kate Armstrong. Three open seats are for 3-year terms, and one open seat is for a 2-year term. The board will determine which candidate will fill the 2-year term in November. The four candidates you elect will help set the direction of the co-op moving forward and establish policies that guide management in their work. A single co-op membership (individual or household) may be used to cast one ballot for up to four candidates.

Use one of these methods to cast your vote:

    1. Online by 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 24th (beginning Wednesday, September 19)
    2. In person at any of our co-op locations by 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 24 (beginning Wednesday, September 19)
    3. In person at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25. Final ballots accepted from 5:30-6:00 p.m.

VOTE ON POSITIVE CHANGE RECIPIENT MATCH

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we are committing to a 40% co-op funded match of the total amount raised for our May 2019 Positive Change recipient. As you vote for new board members, we invite you to also vote for a positive Change recipient match. Each co-op membership, including family and household memberships, may vote for one of the following three organizations to receive the 40 percent match.

DREAM OF WILD HEALTH
Dream of Wild Health (DWH) reconnects urban Native American communities to a traditional, pre-colonial food system for improved health and wellness. DWH has a strong reputation as a safe and supportive environment where youth, young adults, and their families receive community support and increased connectivity to bolster their leadership, dreams, and ambitions. DWH’s donations will directly support their programming for Native American youth age five through college, growing healthful indigenous foods for the community on their 10-acre farm, and stewarding their collection of indigenous saved seeds.

 


MINNESOTA FOOD ASSOCIATION
Minnesota Food Association (MFA) operates a certified-organic farm, Big River Farms, which serves as a land-based training program for immigrant and minority farmers, a population that is typically underrepresented in the local organic farming community and marketplace. MFA also runs a food hub to increase market access and training for farmers enrolled in their Basic Training Program, Donations will support farmers enrolled in MFA’s training program.

 

URBAN ROOTS
By using food and environmental stewardship as tools for social change, Urban Roots empowers youth through hands-on entrepreneurship, career exploration, and community engagement opportunities. For 20 years, Urban Roots has been leading education, training, and service learning projects to develop strong leaders while improving local community and environmental health. They offer paid internships for youth ages 14-18 from St. Paul’s East Side in their three program areas: Market Garden, Cook Fresh Crew, and Conservation.

 


2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION CANDIDATES