Growing up in a southern California household of foodies, I was taught very early on the importance of food and farms. Bound for college, I started working at the neighborhood produce stand from a very young age to start saving up for books and tuition. While I loved my academic pursuits, it was actually the call of the produce world that grabbed my attention. I spent any off time that I was not in school trimming lettuce, packing strawberries and stacking local avocados.
After I finished up at Berkeley, I went back home to run the same farmers market that I had grown up in. I spent the next ten years learning both how to become a business leader as well as a supporter of local agriculture. The early years spent gallivanting from field to field looking for the best seasonal produce served me well and I eventually moved on to New Mexico to head an Albuquerque area co-op’s produce department. Tiring of the desert, I came to the lush land of the bluegrass to the welcoming arms of Good Foods. So far, so good as they say.
I envision a very bright future for my dear co-op. I wish to build upon the bright successes of the past and do my part to enhance our operational efficiency, our commitment to the local food-shed and our overall relevance to the community. The possibilities for affecting positive change are limitless; Lexington seems to be a bustling community of optimists who are unimpressed with the status quo of our current morally bankrupt food delivery system.
The fact that I have been blessed by such a (com)passionate group of co-workers is something that I reflect upon every day. It is rewarding to be a part of such a critically important aspect of the overall movement to achieve a sustainable mode of living. In these days of “peak” everything, it is nice to have arrived at a place where hope is not in short supply. Without hope, we may as well give up. Giving up, I assure you, is one thing we will never do here in the cooperative world!