April Local Focus

Our community extends well beyond the walls of the Co-op. Each month, we shine the spotlight on a new group of local partners to help share their stories and celebrate their role in our community.

Featured Vendor: Black Dirt Farm

To see how a relatively small farm in a relatively small state can make an enormous impact, look no further than our featured vendor for April, Black Dirt Farm. Formerly Winchester Farm, primarily a small dairy through the 1960s, the land has been farmed and utilized in its current iteration since 2014. Now a diversified family farm using regenerative agricultural practices, they provide a wide variety of services and products, including the high quality worm castings and eggs we sell. Read our interview with the farm’s staff here.

Featured Community Partner: North Branch Nature Center

North Branch Nature Center began twenty-three years ago with a staff of just two people. From those early days, the Center has grown to include a team of twelve educators, naturalists, and nature lovers who provide a wide variety of natural history, nature-based education, and citizen science programs to Montpelier and the surrounding communities. Read our interview with the Center’s staff here.

Bag that Bag to Help a Neighbor in Need

Help support the Montpelier Food Pantry every time you shop at Hunger Mountain Co-op just by remembering your reusable bags! For each bag, basket or box that you use at the register, we will donate five cents to the Food Pantry. In March, this totaled $929.05 and saved 18,581 paper bags. Since July, you have helped to raise a total of $8,345.80 and saved 166,937 bags. Read more about the work of Just Basics, Inc and the Food Pantry here.

Member-Owner of the Month: Ginny Cooke

Our featured member-owner is Ginny Cooke, a veteran of Truckload Sales and Annual Meeting, who works as an assistant kindergarten teacher at Orchard Valley Waldorf School. Read more about Ginny here.

Featured Artist: Sara Moulton

Our featured local artist is Sara Moulton, a Brattleboro native who works as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional and now turns many of her maps into fascinating and beautiful works of art. Learn more about Sara and her work here.

Community Events

April is Earth Month at the Co-op. Read about all the ways we’re celebrating here.

We have restarted our workshop program and April is filled with a wide variety of workshops, primarily related to Earth Month and environmental stewardship and sustainability. Check out the full calendar for those workshops and all the other demos and events happening in April here.

On Saturday, April 27, we are partnering with Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District for Sustainability Saturday, which will include a book/clothing swap from 8am-2pm, among other activities. Read all about the event here.