2016 Winner of Local Farm:  Christine Dutton, Michael Doctor and son, Henry Kryeski

2016 Winner of Local Farm:  Christine Dutton, Michael Doctor and son, Henry Kryeski

2016 AUSTIN MILLER CO-OP HERO AWARDS

Every year in June, we honor an individual, a non-profit, farm and a business that exemplify the cooperative principles with the Austin Miller Co-op Hero Award. 

 Franklin County CDC received the 2016 Austin Miller Co-op Hero Award in the non-profit category. Other winners included Trevor the Games Man (individual) and Wright Builders (business) Winter Moon Roots (farm).

AUSTIN MILLER WAS AWARDED THE FIRST ANNUAL CO-OP HERO AWARD DURING OUR COOPERATIVE’S CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST BIRTHDAY OF OUR STORE ON APRIL 30TH, 2009, FOR EXTRAORDINARY SUPPORT FROM A CO-OP MEMBER-OWNER. AUSTIN TIRELESSLY AND PASSIONATELY CHAMPIONED THE DREAMS OF OUR MEMBERSHIP FOR A LOCALLY GROWN FOOD CO-OP IN NORTHAMPTON.

AUSTIN WAS A FOUNDING CO-OP MEMBER-OWNER WHOSE CAREER WAS DEVOTED TO SERVING PEOPLE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS BY SUPPORTING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT PROVIDED LOW INCOME HOUSING, SHELTER FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY. AUSTIN SPECIALIZED IN SECURING FINANCING FOR PROJECTS THAT DIRECTLY BENEFITED PEOPLE IN NEED AND STRENGTHENED OUR COMMUNITIES. AUSTIN WAS THE FINANCIAL CONSULTANT WHO SECURED THE FINANCING AGREEMENTS BETWEEN RIVER VALLEY MARKET AND THE BANKS THAT PROVIDED THE MORTGAGE FOR OUR CO-OP START-UP PROJECT IN NORTHAMPTON.

OUR COMMUNITY LOST A GOOD FRIEND WHEN AUSTIN PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 30TH, 2009.

2015 AWARD WINNERS

INDIVIDUAL: STEVE ALVES

NON-PROFIT: NORTHAMPTON SURVIVAL CENTER

BUSINESS: The Northampton Radio Group: The River, WHMP and Hits 

2014 AWARD WINNERS

INDIVIDUAL: ANDREA AYVAZIAN 

NON-PROFIT: GARDENING THE COMMUNITY

BUSINESS: APEX ORCHARDS