Locally Owned, Organically Grown
Jacob Rosandich (Virginia) Jacob Rosandich
President & GM Evaluation Committee:

Jacob Rosandich, lives, works, and raises his family here in Virginia. Since having their first child, he and his wife, Paige, have moved back to the area from Duluth to be closer to family and friends and to raise their children in a supportive and positive community. They became members of the Natural Harvest Food Co-op their first summer back in Virginia, and have continued to shop frequently at the co-op since. They now have 3 kids (2 of which you may see pushing mini carts through the co-op as they chase behind), and they do their best to promote a healthy, local, and homeopathic lifestyle for their family. Jacob is a supporter of organic foods, local economy, and natural living. He is an opponent of GMO’s, pesticides, mandatory fluoridation of water supply, and all other chemicals and toxins that exist in our water, air, food, and medicine. Most importantly, he encourages the education and sharing of knowledge regarding the challenges our society and area faces and realizing that common sense solutions do exist. He looks forward to an opportunity to be more involved with his Co-op and his community.
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Leah Calgaro (Virginia) Leah Calgaro
Vice President & Perpetuation Committee:

Leah Calgaro has a B.A. in philosophy with a minor in political science and a graduate certificate in holistic health studies. She has worked at The Shop Coffeehouse since 2013, and was previously employed at Natural Harvest Food Co-op. Leah spent her childhood shopping at Natural Harvest Food Co-op with her mother when it was just a humble establishment on Chestnut Street. Since then, she has watched the co-op evolve into a beautiful and positive community store. Leah sees the expansion as an inevitable part of Natural Harvest's future. She would love to see a space where classes and meetings can be held for continual community education, an expanded deli, and even a larger seating area. By participating as a member of the Board of Directors, she hopes to help support the community in growing awareness of what it means to live a happy and healthy life.
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Troy Caddy (Virginia) Troy Caddy
Treasurer & GM Evaluation Committee:

Troy Caddy has a Master's degree in Education: Technology Integration. Troy is a Curriculum Instruction Coordinator and Teacher, at Virginia Public Schools. He has taught in the school district since 2007. He has been involved on numerous committees aimed at planning for the future of the district by establishing a vision to keep the school district moving forward with technology and education. Prior to becoming a teacher, he had over 10 years of experience working in the foodservice industry. Troy completed coursework in business Management and Marketing while finishing his Secondary Education degree at UMD. Troy is committed to the community and that begins with expanding health food options. As we look at the potential growth of our community, Natural Harvest must be prepared to meet the demand of tomorrow in a responsible and effective way. He is excited about the possibility of expansion and the future of Natural Harvest as we grow within the community.
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Deb Meissner DeVries (Britt) Deb Meissner DeVries
Perpetuation Committee:

Deb grew up in the Twin Cities, but has been on the Range (and a Natural Harvest member) more than 25 years. She has degrees in Biblical Studies, Therapeutic Recreation, and Teaching Second Languages and Cultures. She currently teaches in both the Virginia and Hibbing public schools. Deb loves to hike, kayak, and grow flowers and vegetables. Since first serving on NHFC's board during the 1990's, Deb has remained committed to building health and community around the common theme of food. Education and relationships are her priorities for our Coop's success.
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Kim Anderson (Eveleth) Kim Anderson
Perpetuation Committee:

Kim has been a Co-op shopper since the store was on Chestnut Street, but his commitment to the Co-op was renewed a few years ago when he took a kombucha class. At that time he also started volunteering for the Co-op. When asked to run for the board he saw it as an opportunity to share what the Co-op stands for with more people, especially people of his generation. Education of shoppers and owners about the Co-op and healthy food options for our community are his motivation as a board member.
He experienced health problems at the time of his retirement from a job in the mines, and through nutrition and exercise has been able to recover and take less medication. In his spare time, Kim enjoys biking and helping out in the community he calls home.
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Lori Ismil (Britt, MN) Lori Ismil
Secretary & Education Committee:

Lori grew up on the Iron Range and is happy to still call this beautiful region home. She teaches students in secondary math at the Virginia High School and is also a K-12 certified health teacher. She is very involved with student leadership groups (including the high school’s environmental club) and a variety of the district’s professional committees. Lori has a genuine passion for health and loves to learn new things. She and her family see Natural Harvest as a “second home” and recognize it as the foundation of healthy eating in our community. As a small business owner, Lori understands the core principles of customer service, quality products, and quality services. She is committed to making meaningful connections that benefit the health and happiness of Natural Harvest Food Cooperative and its community members.
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Carrie Sell (Cook, MN) Carrie Sell
Education Committee:

Carrie Sell has a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Life West Chiropractic College in Hayward, California. She returned to her hometown of Cook to open her own chiropractic practice in 2016. Dr. Sell is thrilled to offer plant-based nutrition classes in the new Natural Harvest classroom. In her spare time, she loves to prepare healthy meals, teach spinning classes at Supreme Court Fitness, and spend time with her husband William on Lake Vermilion. She looks forward to serving the Co-op community.
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Megan Thiele (Hoyt Lakes, MN) Megan Thiele
Education Committee:

Megan Thiele has a B.A. in Environmental Science from Luther College. She moved to Hoyt Lakes in 2016 with her husband, Eric, and works at Pace Analytical in Virginia. As a newcomer to the area, Megan has enjoyed becoming involved in the community through the Co-op. Megan is passionate about local food and making sure that everyone has access to healthy food no matter where they live. In her free time, she enjoys running, gardening, and playing with her puppy. She is very excited to be a part of the Co-op as it continues to grow and create a community amongst all people of our area.
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Darrel Swenson (Britt, MN) Darrel Swenson
GM Evaluation Committee:

Darrel is a retired teacher at Virginia High School. He and his wife Joie have lived in Britt since 1969 and have 3 children and 3 grand children. Darrel has been an organic gardener since 1970 and became a member of Natural Harvest while the store was on Chestnut Street. After retiring from teaching he held a part time job at NHFC for about 15 years; serving as the beverage buyer, coffee buyer, and plants-seeds buyer. He took 2 trips to the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico to work with native organic coffee farmers. Darrel is a strong believer in organic foods; in the labeling of GMO's; in the "Fair Trade" movement; and believes that everyone should become members of the "Organic Consumers Association". Darrel plans to be a positive influence for the future of the Co-op by serving on the board.
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