From the Board: Why Antitrust Matters

Our cooperatives are a gift to us—a vehicle we can drive to sustain our farms, our neighbors and our markets. by: Mariann Holm, MMFC Board Member In 2018, Wisconsin lost nearly 700 dairy herds. According to a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, the numbers of Wisconsin dairy herds dropped from 15,904 in 2004 to 8,046 in 2019. While the numbers of farms have diminished, the numbers of dairy cattle remain steady, concentrated on larger farms.  […]

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From the Board: Invitation to Owners Financial Open House

You Own a Grocery Store, But How?   When I first began shopping at a local food cooperative about 30 years ago, I had vague ideas why the store was different, none of which centered on who owned it and how it was financed. It wasn’t until I purchased my $100 ownership share of Menomonie Market 15 years ago did I begin to understand what co-op ownership means, and my responsibility in that ownership.  On […]

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Being a Board Member

Reflections from Patrick Pesek-Herriges   As I end my time as a board member (on 7/31) it’s a good time to say what that role has meant to me. I ran for election in 2011 out of my convictions about the value of the cooperative model. I’ve stayed on the board this long for the same reason. My convictions have only deepened. Working with the board on one of its main jobs – the vision […]

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What does the MMFC board do?

Submitted by:  Steve Hanson, MMFC board of directors   What is your vision for your food co-op? What do you think MMFC should look like in five or ten years? These are the questions MMFC board members ask ourselves every month, and we’d like to know more from you about your own views. MMFC’s board uses a policy governance model. In that model the board writes policy documents for MMFC, and is both empowered and […]

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