Our Friendly Staff
Jess Garrett, Store Manager, is a 3rd generation farmer, who grew up on a farm in central New York. She has worked with vegetables, fowl, have trained horses, and climbed her first mountain in the Adirondacks at age 11 on horseback. She is a graduate of Green Mountain College, where she studied Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and History, focusing on sustainable living, alternative energy, and policy. While working on energy conservation projects with affordable housing organizations statewide in Vermont, she had her first child who has special needs. This shifted her focus to the health and wellness realm of sustainability. I studied with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and became a certified health and wellness coach in 2015. When she is not at SVCM, she is playing with her kids, visiting with friends and family, going to see live music, cooking food from scratch, baking interesting off-the-beaten-path treats that are sugar-dairy-egg-and-gluten-free. She loves to laugh, engage in the present, and help others do the same.
Kris Jacoby-Stevenson, loves that SVCM is a community gathering space and source of great bulk foods. When she’s not at SVCM, she’s working with her family on their small biodiverse farm, cooking up homegrown meals, or late-night sewing, knitting or crafting.
Sophia Vincenza Milkowski (she/they), loves that SVCM has local veggies, vegan cheeses, and kombucha on tap. When she’s not at work, she can be found growing flowers and herbs, taking nature walks, or cooking.
Kimberly Carter, Board President, came to Vermont after a summer-long road trip starting in Southern California, crossing the southern states, up the Blue Ridge Parkway and on into Maine. She recently moved to Poultney after living in Castleton for three years. She has worked in graphic design and marketing since 1988. When not working, she plays guitar and sings with the local musicians known as the Poultney Bluegrass Society. She says, “I am so grateful to have found Poultney and the terrific people who live here. Serving on the board is a way I can give back to this great community.”
Pamela Burlingame, Board Vice President, has been a resident of Poultney since 2009 and an enthusiastic member of the Co-op since its inception. She works for the Vermont Land Trust, where she enjoys networking with farm and forestland owners and other members of the conservation community to make sure Vermont’s working landscapes are here for future generations. Pam can often be found fiddling, foraging for wild edibles, or gardening with her husband, daughter, cat, and 40 chickens.
Monica Ihrke, Board Treasurer, is interested in community, service-learning, and good food. SVCM is where all three of these ideas collide. Serving on SVCM’s Board has been a way in continuing to connect with her local community in a meaningful way. She believes SVCM is bringing great food and great food education to our community, and she loves being a part of continuing that process by contributing her time and efforts to this organization.
Megan Lumnah, Board Secretary, first fell in love with Poultney in 2009 on a college visit to Green Mountain. Since then, Vermont has held a special place in her heart, and she is happy to once again be apart of the Slate Valley community. To her, a co-op is a symbol of a thriving community that seeks to meet the needs of all of its members, through local produce and products, specialty items, and the economic benefit for bulk products. To unwind, Megan can be found cross stitching and doing other needle point work, as well as enjoying a paddle on the lake.
Deborah Mackey, Board Member, has been a member of the Poultney Community since 1981. She is a graduate of Green Mountain College and has been working there in the Environmental Liberal Arts Department and as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty for several years. Deb’s other work experience includes: retail, medical, dental, and home-based childcare. She and her husband Dan built their home and raised a family in South Poultney. They are passionate about serving the local community, fostering economic growth in the area, and ensuring the continued success of Stone Valley Community Market. In her spare time, Deb enjoys every aspect of gardening, calligraphy, kayaking, yarn crafts, and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.
Eleanor Tison, Board Member, has been a Poultney resident with her family of seven for almost eight years. She is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sustainable Agriculture at Green Mountain College. At GMC, Eleanor has honed her skills organizing events, courses, academic programs, and advising student projects, clubs, and independent studies. For five years, Eleanor has served on the board of directors of the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), a regional non-profit organization with the mission of expanding community-wide participation in the region’s agricultural economy, which has increased her networking with area farmers, agricultural and food policymaker, and involvement with local food issues. Eleanor is an active community volunteer whose ventures include co-leading a Girl Scout troop, coordinating the “Farmin’ Fun” kids’ summer recreation program, and serving on the board of the Poultney Historical Society.