|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.
||Paul Buck moved to Gunnison
4 years ago from Montana to work on a ranch and to have plenty of
land and fertilizer for a great garden! Paul has been on the board
for two years and can be found at the market on most every Saturday.
Being a part of the Farmers Market Board has been a great opportunity
to be involved in the community and work for a great cause. Gardening
in Gunnison, where frost free days are few, has taught him much patience!
Dottie McCaleb is a clinical
herbalist with a previous career in communications. She moved
to the Gunnison area in 2006 after spending some summer vacations
here. Even as a visitor she enjoyed the Farmers Market. A
believer that nourishing food is a foundation to vital health,
(and someone who enjoys eating good food!) she values the
Farmers Market as an opportunity to get fresh, local, vibrant
food and support our local growers. Also the market is a great
place to gather on Saturdays to celebrate community, local
artisans and real food!
||Catherine Vader was born and raised in Gunnison,
and after spending some time in Santa Barbara and Portland,
she decided there's no place she'd rather be than our little
Colorado community. This is Catherine's second season as a Gunnison
Farmers Market board member, but she's been a part of the market
for the past 4years as a vendor of the kombucha drink called
Booch. When she's not hanging out at the market, Catherine can
usually be found at Gunnison Vitamin & Health Food Store,
where she helps manage the family business alongside her sisters
||Agriculture has been a part of Eric's life
for as long as he can remember. Still engrained in his memories
are life as a five year old feeding cows with his dad in the
early mornings. This adoration for the land, animals and their
well-being directed his education (Masters in Animal Nutrition),
profession (Agricultural Agent with Colorado State University
Extension), and lifestyle. Eric's wife and two young boys helped
him decide to move to Gunnison for his profession, and have
since made a dedicated commitment to this community. Eric is
passionate about people knowing where their food comes from
and loves to help farmers and ranchers connect with their communities
through local food consumption.
||Eric Booton, a recent graduate from Western
State Colorado University with Bachelor's Degrees in both Environmental
Studies and Sociology, is a regular outdoor enthusiast who chose
to escape the Front Range for a simpler life here in Gunnison.
Eric chose to become a board member after having interned with
the GFM and looks forward to helping provide the community with
quality food and an enjoyable weekly event. When he's not busy
working at Gunnison Vitamin and Health Food Store or helping
out with the market, Eric can be found in the nearby mountains
hunting for powder, exploring the single track, or fishing in
the river. Eric is an advocate for local and responsibly sourced
food and particularly enjoys gardening in the summer and tending
to his backyard chickens.
||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 the past five years.
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 cupboards are well
stocked with all sorts of home-canned fruits and vegetables.
Beth also loves to teach, she teaches food-related classes for
WSC Extended Studies and garden based agricultual education
programs for kids. Most recenly she has been coordinating a
farm-to-school group for Gunnison K-12 schools with Mountain
Roots Food Project to improve the quality of foods kids eat.
||Janet Welsh Crossleyis a life-long gardener
who moved to Gunnison in 2000, where she promptly dug up lawn
to plant produce and flower gardens in her yard. She joined
the GFM Board in 2013, with the intent to serve the community
by supporting the fun Saturday market that she loves to frequent
as a customer. She is employed as the Spanish Teacher at Gunnison
High School and had previous careers editing textbooks and teaching
English Language Learners.
||Maya Silver joined the Gunnison Farmers Market
Board in 2012. Originally from Washington DC, she now lives
in Crested Butte where she is the Communications Director at
the Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE). She has worked on
event planning at the World Bank and as a coordinator for an
oversight team on a Turkish dam project. She holds a BA in Creative
Writing from Oberlin College.
Karen Immerso has been a vendor selling
her pottery and on the Board since 2006. She was formerly
the President and now serves as Secretary. Karen has a Masters
in Education and has worked with groups long enough to enjoy
the focus of a community project like the Farmers Market where
people and a "homegrown dynamic" come together.
Karen, raised in a suburban setting, knows not the life of
a farmer. However, she is a gardener and has a huge appreciation
for what it takes to have, not only "locally grown foods"
but, a life that stays in tune with the cycle of the seasons.
"Hands in dirt" (or clay) and "hands in the
process" work for her.
Not pictured: Maya Silver, Alec Solimeo,
and Sara Phillips
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