This is the second in a series of profiles of our owners—their stories, and what drew them to Prairie Food Co-op. If you would like to be featured, please let us know! Fill out our blog form here and someone will contact you in the next few weeks.
Joined Prairie Food Co-op in May of 2015. Glen Ellyn resident. Married with two daughters, ages 22 and 17.Co-founder of Personal Office Management Incorporated, a six-year-old company that works with high net worth individuals, managing the day-to-day administrative responsibilities related to their finances
Q: What makes you tick?
A: I’m a foodie who is passionate about the environment, the slow food movement, organic gardening, knitting and art. I am very involved in the American Cancer society as a volunteer (I’ve had cancer four times). I really love helping others—through volunteering at church, helping my clients, teaching people to understand more about the environment. I want to have an impact.
Q: What sparked your interest in local, sustainably grown, fresh organic food?
The fact that it’s the healthiest thing for your body. I do everything I can to counter the other forces that take me down, like cancer; healthy food is the one thing I can control. As a parent, I wanted to not only feed my children healthy food, but also help them learn to cook at a young age. I also like to support small, local farmers and people who don’t believe in using chemicals.
Q: What prompted you to join the Prairie Food Co-op?
I had no experience with food co-ops, but when I started to read about the Prairie Food Co-op, I thought ‘this is so me’. I learned about PFC at the Earth Day Festival at the Lake Ellyn boathouse, where they had a table. I didn’t have time to talk, but picked up a brochure and checked out their website. I knew right away that I was going to become a member. The idea of having a co-op in our community is really attractive to me because of the local and organic aspect; its values align with mine.
Q. How have you gotten involved in the Prairie Food Co-op?
I helped volunteer when they had an event at Shannon’s – a night to spread the word and try to get people to sign up. I also attended the annual meeting. This year, my high school daughter is president of the Eco Club at Glenbard West, so I’m trying to get PFC known there, too. Also, I hope to help the PFC reach out to more people to build membership, using gifts that I have as an educator and business person.
Q: Tell us about your vision for the Prairie Food Co-op.
I hope the Co-op turns out to be a place that everybody knows they can go to for the right products for their families. I hope it becomes one of the hubs of the community— a place where like-minded people can meet, learn, share and hang out. I can also see it being a place to bring people of all ages together to educate them that there are shopping and cooking alternatives.
It’s neat to have a place that you feel a part of—not just buying groceries, but supporting your local businesses and farmers, and helping people join the movement of healthy eating and cooking.