Our President’s Message
Thanks to a USDA Local Foods Promotion Project grant received with Pinnacle Prevention as the fiscal agent, the co-op is pleased to welcome two staff members:
Program Coordinator Eddie Case who brings 25 years of experience with non-profits, small businesses, sales and supply chain logistics. He has a passion for helping people and has a strong interest in empowering local businesses, communities and its members. In his free time, this 13 year Tempe resident loves to venture with his wife (and sometimes his cats) to the woods and ancient ruins of Northern Arizona.
Anita Reale has been hired as the co-op’s Logistics Manager. Anita came to the Valley of the Sun over two decades ago, and dove right into her passion, seasonal local food. Getting her roots in farming, Anita grew into managing multiple Farmers Markets around town. In her role with Sun Produce, she will use her knowledge of the origins & production of food to bring it to the people in our communities.
And, at its February 16th Annual Meeting, Sun Produce enthusiastically approved and welcomes the following new members and the 2021 Board of Directors!
Bare Sprouts, Tempe
Brickhouse Bakers, Superior
Coffee Pot Farms, Dilkon
Clark Park Community Garden, Tempe
Creighton Community Foundation, Phoenix
Lake Havasu Farmers Market
Superior Farm to Fantastic Farmers Market
Tracy Dempsey Originals, Tempe
Food and Agricultural Marketing Expert members (FAME) include:
Tearsa Saffell, Creighton Community Foundation
2021 Board members:
President: Cindy Gentry
Vice-President, Community Relations: Rachel Gomez Acosta, Wellness Coordinator, Concordia Charter School Vice President, Production: Sara Dolan, Blue Sky Organic Farms
Secretary: Marina Acosta, Maricopa Co. Cooperative Extension
Immediate Past President: Dave Brady, BAR-B Produce
Richard Starling, AZ Cooperative Initiative and AZ Community Land Trust
Anthony Kamson, Kamson Financial
Kate Radosevic, Arizona Food Bank Network
Maya Dailey, Maya’s Farm
Herbert Smith, Metro Tech High School
Erik Stanford, Pivot Produce
Chris George, Third Acre Farm
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Sun Produce Cooperative (SPC) is a multi-stakeholder agricultural and marketing organization that includes agricultural producers, distributors, buyers and market specialists.
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