Diane Scholten

Such a busy time of the year!  There’s presents to buy, meals to prepare, snacks needed to bring in to work or church or school.  Where to begin?

What if you had a one-stop shop where you could buy fresh, locally sourced food for those meals and snacks?  You know, food that fits with YOUR values (maybe non-GMO, organic, healthy and delicious for a start).  A place that had cool health-related items you could give as gifts?  A place to connect with like-minded souls in McHenry County and environs.  A place you felt GREAT about supporting and being supported by?

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Maureen Almazan

“I wanted to work on opening a co-op to our community to benefit our economy and because they are socially responsible businesses that just make the world a better place. Our co-op will be not just a grocery store but a community center, a hub, a central place for people to gather.”

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Linda Balek

Linda grew up on a farm in McHenry County and feels tied to the land and devoted to making it a better place. 

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Sue Rose

Sue feels that a community-owned food cooperative grocery store that features locally grown and locally produced foods will offer food choices that are not only healthier for the consumer, but will also be healthier for the environment.

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Claire Beck

Hopes to collaborate with knowledgeable, earth-conscious people and leverage her knowledge, skills and experience to raise awareness about matters of health, community and environment and provide healthy food choices.

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Carol Francis

My husband and I just became founding members of the Food Shed Co-op, an organization dedicated to providing a marketplace for locally grown food. It may seem surprising, then, that my reasons for becoming involved have little to do with food. Instead, they have a lot to do with agency, control, and community.

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Don Wilkin

DEAR FOODSHED COLLEAGUES -

I feel both compelled and a little bit entitled to share my thoughts with you at this point for two reasons:  1) I have spent since 1967 researching and teaching evolutionary human ecology, concentrating on human carrying capacity and sustainability.  Despite being in my 79th year, I think I still have something important to say; and 2) organizing my thoughts so I can share them with colleagues has always proven the best way to sharpen my thinking.  It’s time I did so again, and you are my chosen colleagues.  If there were a third reason worth mentioning it is that, having gotten to know some of you, I feel an affection and respect for, and a synergy with, my new, dedicated, like-minded colleagues.  You are appreciated.

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