We are one of the first local food cooperatives in the country in which the producers, consumers and staff are all equal owners. Our Board of Directors brings these three categories of owners together along with an 'at-large' position to represent the co-op.
By including three different stakeholder groups (producers, consumers and staff) in the decision-making structure of our operations, we are aiming to expand the understanding and respect of each stakeholder group so that each group can benefit the others. This structure reflects our belief that “We're All in This Together”.
Meet your Board Members:
Chairman of the Board: Ben Priest
Ben is the son of Gary and Jane Priest of Priest Family Farm. He is a graduate of NC State University and has come back to the Sandhills to help run the family farm. That amazing asparagus in the first Spring boxes- yes, they grow it! Ben is also a farmer representative.
Farmer Representative: Mary Beth Jackson
Mary Beth Jackson of Jackson Farms
Consumer Representative: Rachel Cunningham
Consumer Representative: Amy Dahl (Treasurer)
Consumer Representative and SF2T board Treasurer Amy Dahl has been a Co-op subscriber for eight years. She founded the Vass Gathering Site and served as Gathering Site Coordinator there for three years. Our resident scientist, Amy has a Master’s Degree in science from Cambridge University and a doctorate in chemistry from Stanford. Formerly a research scientist and university professor, Amy ran her own dog training and boarding business here in the Sandhills for 20 years before returning to teaching science at North Moore High School.
Staff Representative: Mandy Davis (Secretary)
Mandy is currently the Gathering Site Coordinator (having once been a volunteer gathering site coordinator herself) and online artisanal market manager. She also assists in curating the produce boxes. Mandy brings experience in farmers markets and farm operations to the co-op since 2017.
Staff Representative: Mark Hunsicker (Adhoc member)
Mark has been on the SF2T team since the early days and is currently the Volunteer Coordinator & Delivery Driver. He keeps your packing house volunteers happy and gets the boxes delivered to your gathering site!
If you would like to speak with any of our Board Members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org