David Parkhurst
Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"Co-ops represent my values, in having people work together for the common good. I’d like to help keep Bloomingfoods healthy.”
What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I’ve been a member of co-ops for many years, joining REI in 1964, and I became a member of Bloomingfoods in the early 1970’s. I’m also a member of Good Foods in Lexington, KY, and I’ve been a member of credit unions, similar to co-ops, in several cities.”
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I’ve been a member, and often the treasurer, of the Bloomington Food Policy Council (BFPC) since its inception, and a member of the Bloomington Environmental Commission (BEC) for 14 years starting in 1974 and for 3 years recently. I believe I’ve provided good ideas to both groups.”
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.
"I have a bachelor’s degree in applied math and a Ph.D. in plant ecology. I taught in environmental science in IU’s SPEA for 32 years, including courses in math, statistics, toxicology, and risk analysis, and I think my areas of expertise will be useful to the board.”
How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?
"Now that I’m retired from IU, I devote much of my time to a large vegetable garden, from which about half the produce goes to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. I also help our community by serving on BFPC, BEC, and the Parks Department’s Environmental Resources Advisory Council.”
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community? 
"The BFPC created a Food Charter, which was accepted unanimously by the Bloomington Common Council. BCS helps with many of its goals, such as promoting sale of local food and making food available to all at affordable prices. I like its offering of many organic foods, too.”
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"It’s clear that BCS faces two main challenges now—competition from stores like Kroger’s, Fresh Thyme, and Lucky’s in providing organic foods, and the need to find a new location for the east side store. The right location might provide the opportunity to expand and to have a newer look.”
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"I think my replies above show that I have useful knowledge and experience that will allow me to provide good ideas and logical thinking where those are needed!”
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