The following fellow Co-op Owners have offered to share their talents with us as elected Board Members:
Returning Board Members: Neal Carson, Tom Cockley, Kira Kraiman
New Board Member Candidates: Kendall Bajek, Colin Kirts, Jim Morano
We hope all Shareholder Members in good standing will participate in the upcoming voting process for the board election. There are four ways to vote.
- Download the proxy for the upcoming election here. Complete, scan and return your proxy via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Doylestown Food Market
- Pick up a proxy from the Doylestown Food Market and return it in one of the two ways above.
- Complete the proxy from the Shareholder email sent on November 3, 2016. [Please note: If you are a Shareholder member-owner in good standing and did not receive an email, please notify John@doylestown.coop.
- Come to the annual meeting on November 15 and cast your vote.
Returning Board Members:
Neal, his wife Leslie, and sons Andrew and Harry have gone through the life transformation of realizing the importance of what they eat. For Neal personally, reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma was a turning point. As Pollan puts it so beautifully: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
Leslie became a member of the original Doylestown Food Buying Club and remembers well the days of driving from farm to farm picking up local products for distribution nights. Many of those farms’ products are now available at our wonderful market!
In 2011, after a conversation with board member and long-time family friend Kira Kraiman, Neal decided to become more involved, and before long he was a board member as well. Neal is proud to have played a part in the formation of the first brick-and-mortar store. The Carsons say that the hard work everyone put into the startup was well worth it, because they now have this treasure called the Doylestown Food Market to do their local grocery shopping!
Doylestown has incredible resources. We have everything from the Michener Museum to the County Theater. I have volunteered for a number of organizations in and around Doylestown for many years. I recently retired from owning a medical device manufacturing company. After retiring I started a local chapter of Transition Town in Doylestown. After learning about what transition town was about, I realized that many of the food guidelines and principles are already here in Doylestown. It certainly did not make sense to re-invent the wheel. After doing more research I realized there is great synergy between both organizations.
My wife Marie and I always try to eat healthy. Marie being an excellent cook and experienced shopper is always looking for the best, most healthy, cost effective, local food available and that's what we found at the Doylestown Food Market. I feel that I can contribute my background and business experience to help the Doylestown Food Market to the next level of a sustainable community based organization and leave Doylestown in a better place for our children and grandchildren.
Kira is a lifelong resident of Bucks County (except for college), where she lives in Doylestown with her husband and two teenage daughters. She works as a Health Educator, as well as an artist, homemaker, volunteer, gardener etc. Kira inherited her love of gardening and interest in local farming from her parents, who worked tirelessly on Farmland Preservation issues in Bucks County. Her mom is one of the original organizers of the Doylestown Farmer’s Market. Being so busy, Kira doesn’t have time to drive around to 5 different farms for her produce, meats, eggs etc., but she is passionate about supporting the local farmers and reducing the carbon footprint by buying local. She really wants one store she can go to for all of her local foods. She feels that the Co-op is the perfect place to put her energies and interest in eating healthy and doing something good for the community and can’t wait to gather a group of like-minded, Doylestown area residents to share ideas, interests and the bounty that this area has to offer.
New Board Member Candidates:
Kendall is well known in Doylestown as Empanada Mama! Kendall started her business making a variety of delicious empanadas and sauces in her home. The response was so positive, that she opened her own restaurant in the heart of town. In addition to her talents cooking and running her successful business, Kendall was a wiz at using social media to promote her fledgling business, a skill that will be of great help to the Doylestown Food Market! We are excited to bring Kendall's energy and entrepreneurial knowledge to our Board!
After rummaging around the world here and there, the freshly added adventure of fatherhood in 2011 inspired Colin to move back home to the Philadelphia area. A lifelong admirer of Bucks County and its unparalleled beauty, Colin officially moved, shortly thereafter, to the Doylestown area.
Year’s prior, Colin was both a frequent shopper at Weaver’s Way, and he briefly worked at the Ashland Food Co-op, in Oregon. Upon learning about the potential for a food Co-op in Doylestown, he immediately felt excited about the overall vision and he has become a committed and supportive member. It is absolutely fulfilling to be a part of such a progressive business, and it is an honor to be in service to the broader community goals.
In the last few years, Colin has co-created his own small, culturally progressive business, “The One I Feed”. The One I Feed integrates various lifestyle educators, primarily helping people through nutritional guidance and movement based therapies with fitness and The Feldenkrais Method.
You'll undoubtedly see Colin walking around town with his son Gryphon and his girlfriend Ashley. He is always happy to meet new people, so feel welcome and say hi!
Jim has been a resident of Bucks county since 1977, when he moved from California to Doylestown. In 1989 he married Cathy and in 1990 they moved to New Britain Township where they currently reside.
In 2011, Cathy dragged him to a presentation about the food co-op by Lisa White and others and both he and Cathy immediately loved the idea. They both love good, fresh, healthful food and want to keep local farmers, farming rather than have them yield to developers. They immediately signed up, were very much involved in the preparation for the opening of the store, teamed up with Susan Vorwerk to prepare the LFPP grant proposal and have been actively volunteering ever since.
Jim graduated from Brooklyn college with a BS in physics and before retiring, spent 45 years working in technical and management positions in the aerospace industry. He hopes that his analytical way of thinking and his problem solving abilities will benefit our wonderful co-op.