Chair of Fundraising
As a member who lives outside of the city limits, I feel I provide a perspective that deserves a voice as the co-op grows. Having been a gardener of varying degrees of success for most of my adult life, I know how difficult and unpredictable producing your own food can be. Being self employed for nearly 7 years has taught me the importance of setting goals and managing changing needs. I have spent the last year serving as a board member and have learned the ins and outs of board work. Term expires 2018.
Elected June 2016. Term expires in 2019.
I am a native Austinite and a skilled community organizer with over a decade of experience supporting civil society everywhere from a middle school classroom in the former USSR to a schoolyard farm in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving my law degree from UT in 2008, I turned my focus to issues affecting small-scale sustainable food producers in cities around the US. I have been growing and selling local food in yards since 2011. Now I cooperate with other local gardeners to bring homegrown veggies to markets here in Austin. When I’m not out in the garden or at the farmstand you can find me dancing with the Austin Samba School or sharing a pint with my fellow board members at Black Star Co-op. Term expires 2017.
I have always been passionate about gardening and over the past 5 years have become equally passionate about local food and eating in season. Now raising two kids, it is ever more important to instill the values that I am so enthusiastic about in them. I have a background in gardening; I worked at the Natural Gardener for 8 years and then started a landscaping company that I operated with a friend for 3 years. I then moved onto farming where I worked at Rainlily farm for 2 years until I had my first child. Then I took a position at Farmhouse Delivery as the buyer for the next two years until my second baby was born. I have a lot of knowledge of local plants and gardening as well as how to use vegetables in the kitchen. I also have experience and contacts with many local farms. Term expires 2019.
Chair of Member Engagement
I joined the board because I love getting involved at the ‘ground’ level of a growing organization. Yard to Market Co-op focuses on areas that are so key to so many – community, healthy food, education and principled business. This Co-op has so many growth opportunities that can serve members, Austin and beyond, and I feel I have certain skills and a committed enthusiasm to work with others to make those opportunities into real and practical results. As a group of owner-operators, I’d really like the Yard to Market Co-op to increasingly be an active community of participants. The challenge with having your own little ‘farm’ on your property is that you tend to do it all, by yourself. The co-op has an opportunity to be a meeting place for sharing resources that may reduce that isolation, and to create a dynamic ‘village’ that can support and celebrate the fruits (and veggies) of members’ labor. Term expires 2019.
Elected October 2017.
Charter: Creates dialog between the Board of Directors and Co-op member-owners, develops Ends Policies in a collaborative process with the member -owners and organizes social events to facilitate member-owner interaction, provide a forum for member-owner feedback to the Board, and create an opportunity to cultivate relationships with potential new member-owners.
Members: Jen Mack (chair), Annelies Lottmann, Shirley Mount, Kathy Stimets-Vidal
Charter: Develops and executes a plan to fund the funds to pay the managing director and supporting staff initially a minimum wage, eventually a livable wage, and then at fair market value. The committee will also review and update its charter annually.
Members: Haley Bradley (chair), Ron Going, Jennifer Nielsen-Norris
Members: Annelies Lottmann (chair), Haley Bradley
Yard to Market Policy Register (Our Governance Document)
Contact us! Board@yardtomarket.coop
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