I have lived in Quincy for 15 years, moving to Plumas County in late 2002 with my husband, Dan, and our two children, Nina and Craig. I became a Coop member in 2003 and have always appreciated having such a great asset in our community. After several years of enjoying all the Coop has to offer I’d like to give back. I have past experience serving on boards; both times were centered on my children’s education. First as the founder and Board President of a Parent Teacher Association at my daughter’s elementary school in Colusa when she started kindergarten (2000-2002), and later after both my children entered junior high and high school serving on the QHS Boosters Board for six years (2009-2015).
I currently work as the Chief Administrative Officer for a local non-profit organization that focuses on watershed restoration locally and Sierra Nevada-wide. My 13 years of non-profit working experience includes working with a Board of Directors, financial management, grant writing, contract administration, and project collaboration. I have strong organizational skills and am always looking for ways to build partnerships that will strengthen our communities. I enjoy good food and take pride in supporting our local farmers. One interest I have if I am elected to serve as a Coop Board Member is developing different ways we can better support local farmers. I would love to be a part of the Coop Board, working together with hardworking people who share common goals, and are committed to serving our community.
Prior to moving to Quincy in 1999, I worked overseas for eighteen years as a relief worker with NGOs and the United Nations. After two years at Feather River College, I earned an associate degree in water resource management and have since worked off and on for the forest service. On the side I have done construction work and tree work. In the past five or six years, I have been practicing music and gardening.
As an incumbent co-op board member, I have been involved in planning annual meetings and other events. I have also promoted the Affordable Food Program, which is intended to help low-income persons shop at the co-op and enjoy healthy food. In the future I hope to see that program grow and I also intend to do what it takes for increasing the numbers of FRC students who join the co-op. I also want to see the co-op continue its efforts to work with Plumas County farmers so that they can operate sustainably.
For over 30 years I have been personally committed to living and eating as naturally (organic, non-GMO, non-toxic, etc.) as possible. When I moved here in 2002, I soon found Quincy Natural Foods on Harbison Street, immediately joined the coop, and became a vested member. After driving regularly to Quincy, I was delighted when a new coop came to Portola, in my “backyard.”
My focus is on natural good health, including what I put inside and how I care for myself on all levels. Our coops offer support in so many ways from organic food, vitamins, gifts, and most importantly, personal care and concern from all staff. I am a retired massage therapist, Reiki Master, weaver, and singer. I have had my own business for over 20 years, caring for people, and was on the Board of Directors of the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center, Marin County, in the 1990s until 2001.
I treasure our rural community: the people, the landscape, and wildlife. I have a lot of energy, a good sense of humor and am friendly. Becoming a member of the Board of Directors allows me to continue to support our community’s well-being and the chance to take it further, like the Feather River Food Coop having its own facility. I want to be a director of the Quincy Natural Foods Cooperative Board of Directors.
Thank you for this opportunity.
David Leland Hyde
Born and raised in Plumas County, I lived in four other states for a total of 22 years before moving back here to California in 2002. I still have ties to Boulder, Colorado, a highly innovative city currently creating the economy of the future. At La Montañita Co-op Food Market in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I taught natural health classes. At the Honest Weight Food Co-op in Upstate New York, I helped with marketing and publicity. I was a marketing consultant for 10 years for small socially conscious companies with annual marketing budgets from $500 to $40,000. My parents were pioneers of the Back to the Land Movement. Growing up I developed a conservation ethic and an appreciation for nature as Dad was a renowned wilderness photographer who helped make many of our national parks and taught with Ansel Adams. I grew up in and still live in a passive solar home my father designed and built with gardens and a small orchard my mother managed. Besides living a sustainable lifestyle most of my life, I have either worked for or in partnership with conservation, community development and citizen action non-profits for over 30 years. I am a member of the Olsen Barn Stewardship Group for the Feather River Land Trust. In 2010, I founded Landscape Photography Blogger, now with followers in over 70 countries and recognized by numerous websites and blogs as one of the top nature photography blogs on the Internet. I am a nationally syndicated writer and have contributed to several books and national magazines. As curator of my father’s work and my own, I work with some of the world’s top photography galleries and major museums. I see food co-ops as community and trade centers as we transition to a post-industrial, potentially shifting economic future. We will be wise to keep Quincy Natural Foods in a proactive leadership role in the changes to come by increasing coordination with local farms and other suppliers and working toward local independence, strength and resilience.