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The GFM Board of Directors includes a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, committee members, and two non-voting members. The GFM board is a working board; members serve on committees to assist with volunteer coordination, education programs, live entertainment, and fundraising. New board members are elected at the annual meeting held in February.
Beth Coop has a masters degree in Agriculture Education (CSU) and has been happily living in Gunnison with her husband, two little boys, and dog for nearly a decade. She joined the GFM as a board member in 2009 and has since then taken on the role of market manager. Good quality, local, organic food is central to her survival; her kitchen is well stocked with all sorts of home-canned fruits, pickled vegetables, vegetable ferments, and homemade miso. Beth also loves to teach, she has taught food-related classes for WCU Extended Studies and garden based agricultural education programs for kids. She currently works for Gunnison County Public Health. In her spare time she can be found out in the garden, floating a river, trail running or watching her boys play soccer.
Barbara Frase has a PhD in Ecology, and after splitting her time between Gunnison and the Midwest for more than 40 years, she is now a full time resident. Her training and research in ecology have helped develop an understanding about sustainability in the social as well as biological realm, and her decades in the college classroom have shown how education can change lives. Barb thinks that access to local foods is an integral part of living well; she thinks the Farmer’s Market is a source of wonderful food and an opportunity to encourage sustainable living practices.
Alex Penniman moved to the Gunnison Valley from Florida in the Spring of 2019 and immediately dove into the local food movement. He spent two years serving in the Mountain Roots Healthy Futures AmeriCorps Program in which he managed the Community Farm at the Coldharbour Ranch. He spent the last growing season managing the vegetable operations at Calder Farm. He loves the Gunnison Valley community he has become a part from his involvement with local food movement here. He believes the people involved in local food are some of the best out there. When he isn’t growing, you can find him skiing, cooking for friends or in the kitchen at the Dogwood, or simply enjoying the Colorado sunshine.
Big Top Farm/Symbolic
Barajas Dream Orchard
WCU Organics Guild
Ellen’s Pickled Products
Luna Bakery LLC
Dba Poppy House
Thistle Whistle Farm