Crystal Siltman

What has been your experience or relationship with FarmFED Co-op to date?
 

​I have worked alongside Kyle Reed since June 2020 and have known about FarmFED since February 2020 when we both attended the same workshop session (2, 4, 6, 8-How Do We Cooperate?) at MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service). My direct relationship is limited to drawing on whiteboards for FarmFED’s booth at this year’s Harvest Festival as requested by Tom.

What kind of relevant expertise and background do you have to offer as a potential board member?

I farm in Mt Pulaski and have since June 2020. I have long been an advocate for local foods and have been an owner of a food cooperative since 2013 (2013-2019 in Portland, Or and 2019-now in Bloomington, Il). My education is in Early Childhood Education and Human Services and I have experience working directly with the public as both an educator and case worker. I am the daughter of a migrant worker and the granddaughter/great granddaughter of tenant farmers, so I’m all for small farmers making a living and having more autonomy in their work/production.

Have you ever served on a board of directors before, or worked under the supervision of a board of directors? If so, in what capacity?

 

No. I owned a licensed preschool while in Portland, Or and while we never successfully transitioned into a cooperative, we looked at that model and temporarily did set up a board of directors made up of parents to see what that could look like for a few months. It did not work as planned, but gave me minimal exposure to such.

How able are you to attend monthly meetings in person (in Mt. Pulaski), and how much time do you foresee having to commit to serving on the board?

I live in town, which is convenient. During winter I foresee having more time to allocate to the board. Come spring and summer, less so with our small farm production is full swing. Monthly meetings shouldn’t be a problem throughout the year.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with the ownership about yourself that you feel is important or relevant to serving on the board?

 

I think it’s important to be involved in the community you live in and as a vegetable farmer in town already, I feel like adding this component is beneficial to myself, our farm as well as FarmFED, Mt Pulaski and Central Illinois.