Steven Farnham - Incumbent


A life-long Vermonter, I was raised, and still reside in Plainfield, on a family farm built the same year the first session of the United States Senate opened to the public. I’m a member of a half dozen co-ops and a member of Hunger Mountain for about thirty years. I've served on the boards of Plainfield's Cutler Library, and the Vermont Philharmonic, as well as on Plainfield's planning commission, and as justice of the peace. I am currently serving on the Board of Washington Electric Co-operative. My education and job experiences are in electronics, engineering and manufacturing, plus I have some education in business. I've attended dozens of conferences including Arbour Day, CCMA, FEMC, NEAEC NFCA, Northeast Grazing and Livestock, NOFA-VT, REV, and VECAN.
 
 I enjoy writing, amateur radio broadcasting, problem-solving, and public engagement. 
 
The cooperative business model is a great way to provide goods and services to the community in a manner that is environmentally and socially benevolent, and responsive to the people served, rather than the corporate model, which tends to serve and benefit an elite minority with minimal accountability to environmental, social, and broader community interests. The Co-op serves the community in many ways beyond just being a "grocery store." I enjoy being in a position to help guide this community asset and help improve the way it serves us. 

Without question, the most urgent and pressing challenge facing all of humanity is climate change, brought on by what appears more and more to be inexorable activity of humans. The "opportunities and challenges" in the Co-op's future are one and the same. Facing climate change by reducing carbon footprint is a challenge that presents many opportunities. The first priority is reducing the carbon footprint of the Co-op's operations. This also presents a great opportunity to lead by example and help facilitate reduction of carbon emissions amongst the Co-op's various stakeholders, as well as other entities in the community.  
 
The country faces many social justice issues, and locally, we face our share of these. In the past, the Co-op has been an engine driving positive social change, and it continues to be. This is another challenge the Co-op faces which presents valuable opportunities to have a positive effect on the community both inside and outside its four walls. 
 
View Steven's video here.

  

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