Corbin Baird

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"As an owner-member family for 20 years and a currently serving board member, Bloomingfoods is an important part of caring for my family and community's health and well-being. Serving on the board is one of the best ways I can help ensure Bloomingfoods is successful and thriving."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"My first experience with co-ops was when I lived in Missoula, MT. I have been a Bloomingfoods owner-member for 20 years and a board member for the past 2 years."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"Lifelong athlete, founding member of the Indiana Forest Alliance, staff of Heartwood, and current Bloomingfoods board member, chair of the Owner-Member Communications Committee."
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.
"Trained by GreenCorps in environmental organizing and non-profit management. Staff and volunteer in local and regional environmental groups, professional roles and sales and marketing include: public speaking, planning/visioning, meeting facilitation."

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

"As a permaculture practitioner, my values and lifestyle dovetail perfectly with Bloomingfoods' Ends Statement - creating a market for healthy, organic, local food. I am passionate about increasing cooperative ownership that strengthens our community and having a sustainably profitable business."
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"I see the primary role of Bloomingfoods as to strengthen the local community. By strengthening the sustainable market for local foods/goods, by offering healthy, organic foods that support farmers, and by increasing community participation in our local economy and food choices."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"Bloomingfoods has the opportunity to push our relationship with food and its growers in a way we have not had since our founding 40 years ago. Many challenges remain with increasing competition, rapidly evolving retail development in town and less involved owner-membership. By working together and continuing to take bold action I know Bloomingfoods can support a robust regional food and goods economy."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"Bloomingfoods continues to be a key piece of what makes Bloomington special to me. The aims of local organic food and cooperative ownership are more important now than ever. These past two years on the board have been challenging and very rewarding. Bloomingfoods has come so far but we still face many challenges. I want to continue to help our owner-members and local market succeed and thrive."

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