Free Range Food Co-op

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We asked our owners for nominations, and they definitely came through! Keep an eye on this page as we work to finalize bios for board member nominees, and get them posted by the end of September. 

Elections will take place online from Oct. 9th - Oct. 17th and in person at the Annual Meeting on October 17th. Owners will be notified separately with election and prospective board member details.

It is the responsibility of the board of directors to work in the best interests of the owners, and right now that is building our co-op in a timely manner, to the best of our ability, and using all of the resources that are available to us.

The board will be responsible for carrying out a number of complex tasks in the next 2-3 years that will be integral to the successful development of our co-op. These tasks will include carrying out recommendations of the market and financial feasibility studies, securing a location for the co-op, carrying out the capital campaign, hiring a general manager, oversight over construction or remodeling of our co-op, as well as many other important tasks.


Sarah Verke, Chair, Term expires October 2019


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 15 years, with the last 8 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 raising the bar on environmental sustainability.  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 team coordinator, she is on the outreach team, as well as working on special projects.

Carrie Barsness, Vice Chair, Term expires October 2019


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 on the board as the Vice Chair, and she volunteers her time on the outreach team, and working on special projects.

Corinn Tiwari, Treasurer & Records Officer, Term expires October 2019


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 Treasurer and Records officer, she is on the outreach team, and she volunteers on special projects.

Annaliesa McCartney, director, term expires on October 2019


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.