Free Range Food Co-op

Sarah Verke, Chair

Sarah lives in Grand Rapids in Wabana Township, and she is married with two children. She holds degrees in Paralegal Studies, and Interactive Graphic and Web Design. She has worked for the State of Minnesota for over 15 years, with the last 9 at the DNR. Sarah enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, exercising, traveling, spending time with her family, and being outside as much as possible in the spring and summer months. Sarah joined the co-op effort because she believes that co-ops have a great potential to improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. Specifically important to Sarah is building a stronger local food system, addressing access to organic and whole foods, and strengthening the local culture on environmental stewardship. Sarah also appreciates the cooperative principles and values that help to lay a strong foundation for how cooperatives operate. Sarah serves as the Board Chair, she is the marketing coordinator, outreach team member, and frequently works on other projects and events.

Term expires October 2019

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Carrie Barsness, Records Officer

Carrie is a life-long resident of the Grand Rapids area and currently resides in Cohasset. She is currently employed at Grand Rapids State Bank as an Account Services Representative. Carrie enjoys running, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family in her spare time. She is proud and excited to be a part of the efforts of bringing a food co-op grocery store into the Grand Rapids area. What attracted her to the project is the sense of community this will bring. That is truly what a cooperative stands for; a group of people working together to reach a common goal or effort. Carrie serves as the Records Officer. She also volunteers her time on the outreach team, as well as planning other projects and events.

Term expires October 2019

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Corinn Tiwari, Director

Corinn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and is also a Board Certified Emergency Room Nurse who has spent the greater part of the last decade researching chemical exposure in our environment, and food sources. She puts a strong emphasis in education of such topics, and enjoys helping others achieve a chemical free diet, and lifestyle. She also enjoys eating, and preparing ethnic cuisine, reading, oil painting, spending time with her husband and children, hiking, and camping. Corinn came onto the co-op team in January 2016 and found her niche in organizing right off the bat. Her love for research and learning spills over into every area of her life including a passion to share with others the things she has discovered. Her favorite thing to talk about, as of late is the co-op. Corinn serves on the board as Records officer, she is on the outreach team, and she volunteers on special projects.

Term expires on October 2019

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Hope is married with two children, and lives in Cohasset. She loves to spend time outdoors with her family, and hiking and relaxing up at the cabin in the summers. She is also passionate about traveling with her family. Whenever she travels, she makes a point to visit new food co-ops. Hope holds a degree in accounting, and has 19 years of experience. She currently manages the financial records for the co-op, and would like to continue being involved in order to make the co-op a reality. When Hope found out about the effort to build a food co-op in Grand Rapids, she knew she wanted to be involved some way. There have been strong food co-ops in other cities where she has lived, and she wants to see that happen here too. She is also an owner of Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia, MN. Hope serves on the board as Treasurer.

Term expires October 2020

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Annaliesa is a Registered Nurse and works at Grand Itasca, and the Hibbing Hospital. She is married with three children. She became interested in food cooperatives when her son introduced her to Harmony Food Coop in Bemidji, MN. Annaliesa likes the positive impact that food co-ops have on a community.   It is important to her that the money spent at food co-ops stay in the community. She likes how a food co-op helps build a better local food system. She believes the people of Grand Rapids deserve better access to fresh, wholesome, clean grown local foods. Annaliesa serves on the board, she is the business planning team coordinator, outreach team member, and she volunteers to work on special projects.

Term expires October 2019

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