312 North River Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
(734) 483-1520

info@ypsifoodcoop.org

 

Open Daily
9am - 9pm

 

-Events- 

Thursday August 10th
YFC Grocery Talk and Tour

Friday, Saturday, Sunday August 25-27th
Heritage Festival

Saturday August 26th
Parkridge Festival

Tuesday August 29th
Board of Directors Meeting

 

--Tastings-- 

 Saturday August 12th, 2-5pm
Leelanau Cellars Wine *Must be 21 with ID* 

Saturday August 19th, 11-2pm
Grand Traverse Culinary Oils

 

 

 

 

 ...since 1975

 

 

 

 

 

Meet your Co-op Board

About the Ypsilanti Food Co-op's Board of Directors

It is the mission of the Ypsi Food Co-op to provide high quality food and goods, produced ecologically and sustainably, while practicing cooperative economics. Our membership owns the grocery business and Co-op members comprise the Board of Directors which oversees its operation. The Board ensures that the Co-op continues to provide excellent service and quality products, while fulfilling our commitment to the greater community. The Board members are volunteers who set long-term goals and policies for the Co-op. They work regularly with the general manager to ensure that the Co-op's health, stability and service to its member-owners and community remain in top notch shape. Download our YFC Ends Statement and YFC Policy Register. Minutes from recent meetings are available as a PDF to download at the bottom of the page.

Click to email the entire Board (board@ypsifoodcoop.org) as a whole. To contact individual directors, see below.

2016 Board of Directors – Click on the name to read a bio.

•    Don Broersma 
•    Susan Carter 
•    Nancy Christensen
•    Mike Kozura
•    Devin Leatherman  
•    Stefanie Stauffer
•    Cheryl Weber
 

Nancy Christensen Ypsilanti Food Cooperative (YFC) has a history of success. One needs only walk through the new well-organized and well-stocked shelving to be reminded of the successes in the journey from being a small buyers club to becoming a cornerstone of our community. It's time again for YFC to grow and change. While YFC has always distinguished itself from the competition with deeply held values in our product selection, the natural foods movement (which was the brainchild of the cooperative movement) continues to gain momentum. The products once sold almost exclusively by food co-ops are becoming more mainstream and accessible. As a result, food co-ops like ours across the country are being left behind in our own wake and struggling to compete. In order to keep up with the expanding competitive landscape, we must prepare for the future - and that means growing and changing. We must ask: Where do we go from here? The visioning of the coops of 50 years ago had a huge impact on the whole of society. We must imagine what the food, social, and cultural needs of Ypsilanti might be in the years to come. What can YFC do to better serve our current and future Member-Owners? We want to provide more access to our food, the co-op and collective structure, and democratic process. It is time for growth of the co-op network nationwide. In a time of divisiveness and disintegration of democratic process on a national and international stage, it is time again for the spirit and purpose of the food cooperative movement to pull the world from its dogmatic slumber. Just as YFC led the way to more conscious living and eating, the time has come again for us to lead the way to a better place for humankind.  It is for the coop to sharpen our focus even more to envision what needs to be done and ultimately research the financial and business sustainability of the ideas gathered. We’ll make necessary revisions until we create a re-vision of the new era of YFC and the coop movement.
Throughout this process, the YFC Board will give Member-Owners a voice to answer deep questions about where best to put our energy and focus for the future direction of YFC. As a gold-card member-owner for many years, I live a life with my coop at the center! The coop has supported many projects I’ve done as a teacher with Ypsilanti Community Schools. My coop has long supported this community and I hope to become a board member to help further the YFC sense of and interaction with the Ypsilanti community and the national cooperative movement. 
Contact Nancy.
 
Susan Carter has been a resident of Ypsilanti for over 10 years. She loves her community. She is a wife, mother, and a massage therapist. By way of introduction, my name is Susan Carter. I currently live in Depot Town. I’m a mother, a wife, an animal advocate, a massage therapist, and a small business owner. I’ve been a resident of Ypsilanti for 13 years and I absolutely love this community. I believe in the Co-op and what the Co-op stands for as well as the vital part it plays in this community. For the past year I have been the Vice President for the Co-op board and I have truly enjoyed the experience. I believe in compassion and peace and strive to foster that in all aspects of life.
Having been on the board for the last year I feel we are doing really good work and I enjoy the collaboration that the board has. I feel I offer and can continue to offer a balance to the board and look forward to the continued growth of Ypsilanti Food Co-op.
My past experience with co-ops is that of a board member for the past year as well as a shopper at the co-op. In my role as Vice President of the board I would like to believe my service thus far has both improved and supported the co-op.
The co-op gives me a community based store, which supplies my family with healthy food as well as supplies my massage practice with oils both essential and massage based.
I believe I’m a good listen as well as my dedication to my community and I can commit to the required meetings and commitments a board member has.
Contact Susan.

Mike Kozura is a local contractor. Mike is also very involved in high-quality foods, growing them himself in his back yard, and he has a passion for organics and non-GMOs; one that he sees getting more and more lost in our modern world. Mike doesn't cultivate a personal agenda and is serving on the Board to help make decisions that are best for the Co-op as a whole. He has been a member for a long time, has worked on projects at the Co-op, volunteered at the Co-op, and thinks of it as a great asset to Depot Town where he lives. He is steeped in the Cooperative tradition and have worked on several large and small projects at the Co-op, from tuck-pointing and painting the south side of the building, refreshing the rental units above the Co-op when they have gone vacant in the past, and building the window boxes that hang in front of the Co-op. Mike's father worked at the People’s Wherehouse that supplied the tri-state area food cooperatives back in the 90s. His family often shops at YFC, which is right down the street from his home on Maple. Mike values The Co-op, which  has provided a high quality resource to help feed his family organic, locally-sourced food, as well as being an anchor business in his community.
Contact Mike.

Cheryl WeberCurrently, I have been serving as the Ypsilanti Food Co-op Board, President. The first year of this term, I was a regular board member, learning Policy Governance. With this investment in time, I hope to serve for more years on the YFC Board. I am very proud to be a part of the food oasis!
I came to EMU to be a teacher; other talents led me into crisis intervention, peer counseling, psychology, and mental health work. Along the way, I ran a convenience store, increasing it’s business 300% (not too hard as it was run poorly before). Currently, I am the Assistant Director of a non-profit drop-in center for mental health consumers. I participate in our larger community on advisories for AAATA and a member of The Ypsilanti Thrift Shop. In the past, I have been a participant with Friends of the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, and City of Ypsilanti Planning Department, Non-motorized Committee, plus involvement in several local initiatives.
I would like to continue to serve on the YFC Board for several reasons. After having served the first year, of this term, with Board members who brought us into policy governance; I can clearly see the value of developing some depth of experience on our Board. The first year is spent listening and learning the bones of each policy as we consider them. The next adds some flesh to the bones, as we work to get new members up to speed. Having also come through some critical decision points, and helping to bring the YFC toward a more stable future, it only makes sense to stay on the path. Our Co-op is a dynamic organization that may grow in fits and starts. Cooperatives have an important role to fill, shoring up economic opportunities for our region. I want to participate in that process. Responsibly phased expansion has positioned us for growth, from a still relatively small co-op, to an even stronger future.
My experience with YFC goes back to its beginnings. I participated in what we called a bag co-op; a list was compiled and distributed. Each person or household checked off what they wanted. Someone compiled an order then a buying trip to Eastern Market was made to buy directly from farmers. Some volume discounts were to be had but, the effort was very work intensive. We had a lot of interesting times bagging things up. I followed into our first storefront on Sheridan St., and on to the campus location at Perrin St. and volunteered there for a bit. Then on to bigger, better things where we are now, on River St. I served on the board briefly, before we had computers. Imagine hand written financial statements. Fast forward twenty years, occasionally volunteering, and often shopping. Here I am serving on a much more sophisticated board.
I bring patience to the Board for the processes of change and growth. I listen more than I speak. When I speak, it is to clarify, or to reach understanding. Understanding does not always mean agreement but, generally goes a long way toward reaching larger, productive goals. From my various experiences in business, I bring perspective. I do not know as much as I learn. I am civic minded and active. I may not attend every committee or event but I am looking forward to attending training again, the board retreat seminar, as well as learning from other Co-ops at the Cooperative Café.
YFC is an important, and integral part of my life. Involvement has created community, cemented long term friendships, and shaped how I think about many, even most considerations, in life. The food co-op is part of who I am. From this I hope to continue contributing to our Ypsilanti Food Co-op.
Contact Cheryl.

Don Broersma is serving on the Board in order to help the Co-op become better. Don believes the Board can help with the store expansion, help guide the Co-op through the tough times of lower income and higher competition, and help reinforce and spread the positive influences the Co-op has brought to Ypsilanti. He is personally invested in cooperatives because of their member ownership and their volunteer and cooperative nature.

Don has been with the Ypsi Food Coop since 1980 as a volunteer, a coordinator, a regular member/shopper, and plus brings 8+ years of Board experience to his current position.

Don is an independent contractor/handmany who does maintenance and landscaping for the Millworks Partnership and YFC. As such, he is around most days and has good knowledge of the store business and Coop finances. He loves reading on retail food industry, GMOs and organics, and other food news.
Contact Don.

Devin Leatherman is now in his fourth year of living in Ypsilanti, his second year attending EMU, and he is excited to spend the next year making the transition from YFC shopper to engaged member and elected volunteer. He belives that cooperatives have played important and dynamic roles throughout his life, and thus, serving as board member at the YFC will help him continue that relationship and do it in service to a city and community he loves. He was introduced to intentional eating practices at Breadroot NFC in Rapid City, SD when he was still in high school. As he travelled and relocated, he would find touchstones and safe havens in cooperatives wherever he went, from Minneapolis to Vermont. This fostered in Devin an active admiration of cooperative values that culminated in his employment at the PFC in Ann Arbor. His various positions nurtured in him an understanding of holistic and natural health, the cooperative business model, and the complications that come with sustaining a community. Devin sees in the YFC the qualities that drew him both to cooperatives and Ypsi. Our Coop is authentic, engaged, and has the potential to continue growing in purpose. For Devin, this means providing broad but thoughtful access to goods and services while supporting a successful alternative to traditional business models. He plans to focus on diversity, transparency, and membership engagement in keeping with the YFC Ends Statement while on the board. He looks forward to sustaining a radically engaged attention to both the business and the mission of the Ypsilanti Food Coop.
Contact Devin.

Stefanie Stauffer, PhD is currently the Program Manager at Tilian Farm Development Center, an incubator farm for beginning farmers in Ann Arbor Township. She has been an Ypsilanti resident and Co-op shopper since her dissertation project on globalization, agriculture, sustainable food systems, and the local food movement first brought here in 2008. An avid grower of heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and other produce, she has also owned and operated the artisanal farm-to-jar hot sauce and salsa company Nightshade Farm Industries since 2010. On Co-op shelves last summer you may have seen her heirloom tomatoes, grown using only low-till, organic practices.

From the community garden, to the farmers market, to the classroom, she has extensive experience in sustainable food advocacy at the grassroots level. As a farmer/activist committed to food security, food sovereignty, farmworker justice, and alternative economies, Stefanie brings her unique perspective and commitment to the Ypsilanti food community to the board in order to expand the YFC's capacity to support local farmers and producers while giving Co-op shoppers access to the best sustainably-produced food available. Stefanie is also a sociology instructor at WCC, currently part of the Food and Agriculture subroup of its Sustainability Council. She served on the advisory council for the 2013 Ypsilanti Food Ordinance, and she is a veteran Ypsilanti Farmers Markets vendor. She has also been a member of Frog Island Community Garden, hOur Exchange Ypsilanti, the Ypsilanti Growers Cooperative, Transition Ypsilanti, Perry/Parkridge Community Garden, and The Giving Garden at EMU. In addition, she has worked for Growing Hope, helped organize the Homegrown Local Food Summit, and volunteered with agricultural organizations across the country. In October 2014, she traveled to Slow Food International's Salone del Gusto e Terra Madre in Torino, Italy as a US delegate representing Southeast Michigan family farmers, food artisans, and Slow Food Ark of Taste producers. Stefanie is often invited to speak about beginning farmers, value-added food production, farm incubators, land access, and the importance of regionally adapted and climate resilient seed. Contact Stefanie.

 

Fresh Today!

Co-op Bakery:
Taste our fresh YFC
Sourdough and
3-Seed! Sweets are
available as below.
Regular Baking Schedule

Deli Delights
   Sandwiches
   Fresh Salads
   Deli Dips!
 See Facebook (below) for
     daily soups & chili

Fresh Produce
   Org & local apples
   Local Kale, chard leeks,
     onions, winter squash,
     cabbage and more
Fresh produce report:

  
Sweets made in-house
 *Check the Sweets Shelf*
   Fresh Scones
   Banana Walnut Bread
   Apple, pumpkin &
     pecan pies and more!

  

 


August 16 - August 29

 


Live Solar Panel Production!

 


August 2017

 

Monthly Recipes