December Board Reflection
Dear Open Harvest Community,
November marked a full month of being back on the board for me. It is fun to be back and really interesting to see how things have changed since 2015. I am extremely thankful for the hard work our co-op staff and board have put in over this past year. Despite a year of unprecedented challenges, Open Harvest was able to manage a profit. This is also a major reflection of the dedicated community that supports Open Harvest.
At the December board meeting, officers were elected: Wally Graeber (Chair), Carla McCullough (Vice-Chair), and Shah Uddin (Secretary). Wally stepped up in the past year above and beyond his role as Board Secretary and gained a lot of experience. We are excited to have Wally’s continued leadership in his new role.
The next few years will be crucial for the future of Open Harvest as we work to relocate the store. Now more than ever, we need our community. While the board represents the membership as a whole, we need to see through more lenses than just our own. Stay tuned for opportunities for feedback and involvement in this process!
The board continues to educate itself on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including participation in the 6-month Abolitionist Challenge. Last month’s reading was “Identifying and Countering White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems”, a research brief by the Duke Sanford World Food Policy Center. We gained valuable insight for analyzing our history and current status and for shaping our future. The board is using this insight while discussing decisions, for example when considering a new location. Where and how do we want to serve our community? Who are we trying most to serve? We invite you to learn with us, give us feedback and stay tuned for monthly updates. You can find this month’s article here.