Bobbi Boos

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"In the last three years, amazing efforts from the staff, board, and owner-members has yielded great progress, yet there are still some tough decisions in our near future. I can offer historical knowledge and I listen to viewpoints of many owner-members in hopes that, collectively, we can make appropriate choices."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I have been a working member, employee, owner-member, and since 2016, a board member serving as treasurer. I was also a co-founder of the Local Growers Guild and a board member for 6 years."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"Aside from non-profit and co-op boards, I really enjoy being part of a farm crew. I've been the new worker, the crew leader, and the owner at different points. In every situation it's great to work, share, and learn together while producing great food."
Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
"My involvement in the local food economy with a variety of organizations and farms over the last 30 years helps me understand the potential needs and contributions of many of the collaborators. Hopefully this helps Bloomingfoods find its best place as we continue to strengthen local foods and businesses."

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

"I'm an organic farmer that believes in strengthening local communities as a solution to our current global economic, social, and environmental struggles. To get there, I am a strong advocate of the cooperative model and education to help us mindfully participate in our communities."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"First, Bloomingfoods excels as a cooperative business with valuable owner-member participation and a committed, appreciated staff. This will provide a strong platform for Bloomingfoods to achieve its Ends, especially as a collaborator in our local food economy and as model for cooperative businesses throughout our community."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"Bloomingfoods' challenges include the fast changing grocery world, lack of capital reserve, and the unfair pricing of quality products vs commodity products due in large part to inequitable USDA subsidies. However, Bloomingfoods is resilient, flexible, and innovative. With a supportive owner-membership, we can lead in positive change via our Ends."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"As a board member my role is to hear all owners. How do I hear you? Some talk with me directly, others speak with their food dollars and product choices, and others participate in Co-op Day, owner-member forums, or committees. Co-ops thrive with member participation. Please participate in Bloomingfoods however is appropriate for you."
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