The Board of DirectorsConnecting our community to local, organic and Fair Trade products
The Community Market Co-op is run by a Board of Directors that is elected by our ownership to lead and guide our food co-op. Board members serve three year terms and are not compensated. Any Owner in good standing is eligible to run for a position on the Board.
We follow a Policy Governance model to structure our activities and guide how they relate to The Community Market’s Owners and the Co-op’s General Manager (when hired). Policy Governance emphasizes strategic leadership and a clear distinction between Board and management duties.
The Board is directly accountable to the Owners for the activities and accomplishments of the Co-op. Specifically it is responsible for:
- Interacting with Owners to understand their needs, values, and vision.
- Developing, monitoring and revising a body of policies that guide The Community Market’s General Manager and Board to achieve outcomes that are consistent with our Owner’s values and vision.
- Ensuring, through consistent monitoring mechanisms, that The Community Market General Manager achieves the goals set by the Board and that the Board operates according to its established processes.
Board meetings are held monthly and include both an open and closed session. The public may attend an open session at any time. Please review our online calendar for meeting dates. If you would like to be placed on the agenda to address the Board, please contact our Board Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org, two weeks in advance to be considered. Thank you!
Meet our Board of Directors
“I feel that all of us have a responsibility to nurture and teach health and harmony in mind, body, and spirit. Food is medicine and local, organic and fair trade food is the best medicine for our bodies and our community.”
“I believe that a truly healthy community begins with what we eat and how we spend our resources getting that food. The way to fix a broken food system for all people (not just those who can afford it) is through the local community. That’s why a food co-op store is so important.”
“I have a passion for local, organic food, and the community of Fuquay-Varina. I care about the health and nutrition of my family and the community at large. CSAs and a local food co-op grocery store is the best way to work toward this end.”
“I’ve been vegan since I was a child and always understood the importance of ethical eating. As I learned more, I realized there were several other powerful decisions being made when we choose what we eat – Is it sustainable? Is it free of harmful chemicals? Are the people who are growing and harvesting it being treated fairly? Am I supporting my local farmers? Seeking out these products from standard stores can be daunting – it will be a wonderful thing for our community to have a store that is dedicated to these values, and a wonderful thing for the world, too!”
“What excites me most about having a local food co-op is the accessibility to HEALTHY local, organic and Fair Trade products. It will also put money back into our community and save me money by not having to travel into Raleigh! I love being a part of the start-up effort, which is my way of individually giving back to my community.”
“I have been a passionate long-term buyer and supporter of goods that are locally grown, organic and sustainable. This choice provides the healthiest meals for my family, puts dollars directly into the local economy, supports endangered family farms and fosters a direct connection with growers. I hope that my many connections to local grown goods and services will be beneficial to the success of a Community Market.”
“I believe in the business model of a co-op and have a strong desire to see our community build a thriving food co-op that benefits everyone. By bringing together our farmers, producers and consumers, we are building a strong, more deeply connected community. I hope to be able to bring my skills, perspective and voice to the table.”