Matt has lived in Walpole for only 10 years but you don't get much more "New Hampshire" than Matt. Born in New London, Matt grew up in Sunapee and went to college at UNH. He married Karen, his college sweetheart, after graduation. After Matt served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, the couple decided to come home to start a family. Matt and Karen have two boys.
Matt’s grandfather was a dairy farmer in Andover, New Hampshire, and Matt has fond memories of being on the farm, helping with chores. These memories have stayed with him, which is one of the reasons why he is passionate about the success of local farmers and producers. Matt and Karen have been working in the marketing and advertising industry for more than 15 years. They currently own Townspeed, a small marketing firm in North Walpole.
Bruce owns the certified organic Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole. Each year on about 13 acres, he raises a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables. Bruce has lived in Walpole since 2001and helped to organize both the Walpole and Keene farmers markets. Bruce also is a member of Walpole's volunteer fire department.
Kim's agriculture background includes a degree in animal science from Texas A&M University and several years managing a horse farm in New York state. After earning a second degree in accounting from the State University of New York and a stint in accounting and finance with KPMG, Duracell and Gillette, she is back in agriculture in Langdon. With her husband Jack and daughter Morgan, Kim keeps chickens, teaches horsemanship, and raises rare Leicester Longwool sheep. She has spoken at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival and NOFA conferences on raising sheep organically. Kim also has prior experience on the Board of Health in Walpole, MA and more recently on the Fall Mountain Regional School District Budget Committee. Kim loves the idea of having a Coop in this area. With so many small producers in our region, she sees an opportunity to connect the local food economy with the community on a broader scale.
Denny Searles recently moved to Walpole from a rural town in Pennsylvania, where he managed a 200-acre farm for 25 years, growing fruit, vegetables, and flowers. In addition, he had his own landscaping business. His grandparents had a family farm on Maryland’s eastern shore where he spent many of his summers growing up and learned early the benefits of having fresh food . This rich history of farming and land management has nurtured his belief in the importance of keeping local farms viable and making fresh food available to every community .
Denny was drawn to our area because of its endless farms and open space. "I soon realized how lucky we are to have access to farm fresh and organic food. I got involved with the co-op because we need a local channel for all of the bounty that the local farms are producing. It’s a very positive step for better eating and will be a real asset to our town."
A mom of two who recently settled back in her hometown of Langdon, and a small business owner herself, Stacey works with homegrown and handmade businesses to help them tell their story with online marketing. Passionate about real food, making things from scratch and supporting local makers, Stacey is excited to put her skills to work for the Great River Co-op!
Kaylie is a young professional currently living in Keene, NH. A Langdon native, she is very excited about the prospect of a co-op to serve the area. Kaylie is a horse lover, runs a small cookie
business, and is very passionate about supporting local farming and entrepreneurs.
Alison grew up in Walpole and graduated from UNH in 2010. She and her boyfriend, Mike, own a house in Alstead with their many pets including a dog, cat, 2 parrots, and some reptiles. Alison has always been involved in the community, starting to volunteer at a young age as a Girl Scout. She's passionate about shopping locally and supporting the people and businesses in her community. She hopes that having a co-op locally will help reduce our carbon footprint and will encourage everyone to eat and live healthy lives.