Letter from Kenna (originally printed in the January/February 2011 issue of The Co-op Commons)
Dear Co-op Community,
I am really excited to come to work for the Food Co-op in Port Townsend. I have visited the Port Townsend Food Co-op and the community many times over the past 30 years and have always thought it would be a great place to live.
I think it’s important to note right off the top that this is the only position I applied for. I have a great job in Moscow. I love being the GM of a thriving, robust food co-op. However, with the closing of my husband’s nursery this summer and the kids leaving home, it seemed like serendipity when this position opened up. What an opportunity to realize several dreams at once: living closer to the water, living closer to my son in Portland and still working at an awesome Co-op. I am excited to try and follow in Briar’s footsteps in helping the Port Townsend Food Co-op realize its mission and at the same time help grow the local economy.
During my most recent visit in November I was treated to several tours, the first of which was the store. I think the Co-op has a charming exterior and love the landscaping around the store—somebody really cares for, and about, the gardens and I look forward to enjoying them in warmer weather! Inside I was really impressed by the merchandising and the use of space, especially how well everyone fit into such a small space. However, I can also see that it presents many challenges in both managing inventory and managing staff. I think we’ll have fun figuring out together how best to make the store more effective and useful for everyone this year.
Brendon took me on a wonderful farm tour and we discussed the challenges of finding arable, affordable land for growers, for getting product to market, and projects of the Landworks Collaborative. With my interest in growing plants (I have a degree in Horticulture and originally planned to be a farmer until I discovered how hard the work was) and my passion for good food, I am excited to try and follow in Briar’s footsteps in helping the Port Townsend Food Co-op realize its mission and at the same time help grow the local economy.
Again I am honored and excited to be chosen for this position and look forward to living and working in your community.