Meet the Board!

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Mark is the Whole Earth Co-op Board President

Why do you love the Coop?

The Coop is like an extension of our family, a place that is warm and comforting with local organic foods and kind hearted people.

Favorite Products:

COFFEE! And the Soy Creamer. Our family enjoys getting fresh produce, and bulk buying options.

What is your background?

I have been involved in the Millwork industry in various roles for the last 20 years. I am currently an architectural millwork project manager at USA Millwork in River Falls. I have also served on the PTO board, CAB board and helped my wife run her small retail business in River Falls for 5 years. 

Goals for the future?

Increasing sales, but more importantly increasing membership and encouraging more involvement within the coop. I'd like to help continue to find talented people to join the board to help foster within our coop. I'd also love to see increased compensation and benefits for our employees. 

Mark Lundgren

Why do you love the Coop?

The co-op is an important part of the community, a place to support our neighbors who may provide products to the store, a place to learn about health & alternative economic models, and it's a welcoming place where I can find what I need for my family.

What are some of your favorite products?

Crystal Ball, Castle Rock, and Organic Valley & bulk section

Why are you on the WE board?

I want to be a part of the co-op moving forward into the future, see this store continue to thrive and grow to better suit the needs of this growing community.

What is your background?

Environmental non-profit sector, conservation groups, education, job training, and fundraising. I now own and operate my own farm business where I manage a diversity of products and a diversity of people.

Goals for the future:

Keep the co-op financially healthy, larger space, more accessible, and be a pillar of food security for the town of River Falls.

Lindsay Baris
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Why do you love the Coop? 

I think it’s Amazing and Wonderful that over 2000 0wners are a part of our great store. I shop here often, right on Main street in our beautiful city!

 

Favorite Products:  

EVERYTHING! Especially bulk, Wallaby Greek Yogurt, Purple Sweet Potatoes, produce, soaps, ground meats.

Why are you on the WE board?

I LOVE WE Market Coop! I want to be a part of the process that keeps our LOCAL store going!

 

What is your background?

I was a Health Care Administrator for 35 years, served on state/national boards relating to this. Former RFAH & RF Chamber board member.

 

Goals for the future:

Carefully planned expansion into a larger space to accommodate even more products and people!

Glenda Zielski
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Why do you love the Coop?

I can get foods from local, sustainable and organic farmers there. No other store in our area offers this!

 

Favorite items: 

Organic Valley dairy products, produced by our local organic dairy farmers. One Love Double Fermented Rye Bread!

Why are you on the WE board?

I want to be a part of the co-op moving forward into the future, see this store continue to thrive and grow to better suit the needs of this growing community.

What is your background?

Environmental non-profit sector, conservation groups, education, job training, and fundraising. I now own and operate my own farm business where I manage a diversity of products and a diversity of people.

Goals for the future:

Keep the co-op financially healthy, larger space, more accessible, and be a pillar of food security for the town of River Falls.

Prescott Bergh
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Why do you love the Coop? 

WE Market brings out the best of the River Falls and surrounding community. It has a long tradition as a local business.

 

Favorite Items:

Rising Sun carrots and other local produce, local eggs and excellent freshly roasted coffee (14036)!

Why are you on the WE board? 

I enjoy the collaboration with other members interested in helping WE Market to be successful into the future. 

What is your background? 

I've been working in software development and information technology for over 20 years. I own a small web development business and I also lead an IT services group at UWRF. 

 

Goals for the future: 

Continued growth, making it easier to shop, expanding offerings and bringing more people together as a community. 

Pete Reese
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Why do you love the Coop? 

I love the co-op because I can support local farmers, buy great products only found here, and participate in a thriving healthy community. 

 

Favorite Products:  

Lupine Gardens seedless jam, Red Hot Blues, Organic Valley products, whole bean coffee, bulk spices.

Why are you on the WE board?

I joined the board to be a part of a committed group who believes in our local economy. 

What is your background?

Art, marketing and design, agriculture, language teaching. 

Goals for the future:

I want to help increase sales and grow the store into a larger space that is accessible for everyone in the area. 

Kiki Augustin