My name is Brenna Wade and my boyfriend, Ken, and I joined the Richmond Food Co-op because we believe in really being a part of our community. We are big supporters of small business and would find ourselves traveling here and there to stores and farmer’s markets for local bread, eggs, and different types of produce. Both back in graduate school and busy with work and other activities, we found ourselves wishing there was a one stop shop full of local foods and that supported and gave back to the community in a way that convenient big box stores do not. Needless to say, when we heard about the Richmond Food Co-op we joined right away!
While we moved to the Northside neighborhood of Bellevue for a number of reasons, what really sold us was the deep-rooted bond between neighbors and active community. As the neighborhood cohort for members north of Laburnum in Bellevue, Ginter Park, Rosedale, and Lakeside, I will be working hard to ensure that your voices are heard and am excited to bounce ideas off of you on how to root the Co-op deeper into our own communities. I am excited to meet with all of my Northside neighbor co-owners and with those who simply want to learn more about it. I will be working with the Bellevue Merchant’s Association and will be planning monthly events aimed at bringing the Co-op and the Northside together.
Now it’s your turn! Get involved and work with fellow co-owners however you can and most importantly spread the word to those neighbors who haven’t heard of the Co-op yet. We get closer to opening our doors with every new member that joins in our community. If you would like to become more involved in any way or to become a Cohort for your individual neighborhood, contact Michele and let her know! Hope to see all of you Northsiders at our first meet and greet on October 26th!
-Brenna Wade, Co-op Member/Owner & NoLa Northside Neighborhood Cohort Leader