Hello CSA Friends!
There have been many changes occurring at the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative (SVFC) during the past several months beginning with a new grant we’ve received from the King Conservation District and a recommitment and increased engagement by our board to grow our CSA. The past couple weeks has witnessed a General Manager transition from Hannah Cavendish-Palmer to the new GM, Brad Johnson. The SVFC thanks Hannah for her leadership during the past years and help during the transition and is excited to welcome Brad to the team.
Brad Johnson brings many years of nonprofit (e.g., volunteer center and land trust), marketing, and business management skills to the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative. For the past decade Brad has worked in the wine industry in production, marketing/sales and wholesale distribution; additionally, brad is a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker having recently completed a feature length documentary about the Midwest wine industry, called “Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland.”
“I’ve been looking for a truly meaningful position in my work life for a long time and the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative provides just that. As a nonprofit farmers cooperative I am given the opportunity to help the local farming community by building a sustainable economic model that our farm families can reliably depend upon over the harvest season. Our CSA model differs from traditional 1-farm CSA’s in that we have 25+ farm families to draw on to build our Veggie Boxes – that means lots of delicious variety,” said Brad Johnson, General Manager at SVFC.
Originally from Michigan, Brad and his family moved to the Seattle area from Iowa more than a year ago so his wife, Jill, could attend the Naturopathic Medical School at Bastyr University. Brad holds a BS, MA and completed PhD graduate work in Conservation Social Science at the University of Idaho. He loves photography and film making, gardening, making wine, and hiking in the mountains. Brad and Jill have been married since 1983, have two adult sons (Logan and Tyler), and a lab-greyhound mix dog (Spencer).
“My goal is to increase capacity of the SVFC, develop a sustainable CSA program whereby our farmers can reliably depend upon our annual orders to grow their farms, and become an example of how a local farmer’s cooperative can make a difference in a large community. I’d love for you to be a long-term member of our CSA,” said Brad.
Join us today: http://snovalleycoop.com/veggie-box/