Throwing Herself Into the Co-op

Throwing Herself Into the Co-op

Meet Molly Hornbeck, one of our newest staff members and our Cooler and Freezer Manager.  Tell us about yourself I grew up in Whiting, maybe about as small town Vermont as it gets. I graduated from Castleton University in 2014 with a degree in Fine Art and am currently a resident of Shrewsbury. I have…

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Born to Cooperate

Born to Cooperate

By Sean Babcock Back in the day, my parents purchased a lifetime membership to help open Rutland’s first Co-op. I was born right around this time, so that was quite an investment, as kids aren’t cheap. (Here I am back in 1996 in a newspaper article about the economic impact of the Co-op in the…

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Dutchess Farm Celebrates 30 Years

Dutchess Farm Celebrates 30 Years

Part of our Q&A series with our local farmers and producers.  Tell us a little about Dutchess Farm We are the Chamberlain family. Along with our experienced and dedicated local staff, we farm ten acres, five of which are in vegetable production this year. Dutchess Farm also includes nine greenhouses that extend and enhance the season. We…

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Following a Passion for Food

Following a Passion for Food

By Steve Shelvey I was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh. During my late teens and twenties, I was fortunate enough to travel the country, which helped open my eyes, mind and soul. I spent five months in Denali State Park in Alaska, working on a back country trail crew…

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Annual Meeting Recap & New Board Member Welcome

Annual Meeting Recap & New Board Member Welcome

Thank you to everyone who contributed and joined us for our Annual Meeting on May 18th. We enjoyed a lovely potluck dinner, live music, raffle prizes and an opportunity to vote for new board members. More than 80 members and friends joined in on the fun. Miss the meeting? You can view General Manager, Zach…

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Something Much More

Something Much More

By Nick Grandchamp Some see Rutland as a Vermont underdog. But for many, like myself, it’s something much more. At the Co-op, I’m the bulk department assistant and you’ll often find me happily helping customers at the register. But I’m also a local rock musician with thirteen years experience performing both locally and nationally. When I’m not at the Co-op, I’m most often…

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Alchemy Gardens Feeds Neighbors & Helps the Community Thrive

Alchemy Gardens Feeds Neighbors & Helps the Community Thrive

Welcome to our Featured Farm series – a semi-regular Q&A with the local farms supplying fresh food to the co-op and our community. Q: When was your farm established? A: After falling in love with gardening in our community garden plot in Montpelier, we decided to return to Scott’s hometown of Rutland in 2009 to try farming. We apprenticed…

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We Farm for the Future

We Farm for the Future

Welcome to our Featured Farm series – a semi-regular Q&A with the local farms supplying fresh food to the co-op and our community. When did you start farming? We started running a CSA in Pennsylvania in 2008. We moved back to Vermont and started Evening Song Farm in 2011 along the Mill River. We lost that land during Hurricane Irene,…

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Farm to Freezer Program Returns

Farm to Freezer Program Returns

We work hard to support our local producers and are excited to take part once again in the Farm to Freezer program. As part of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a network of over 35 food co-ops and start-ups across New England, we’re increasing our impact as we grow the regional food system. “Our member food co-ops…

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