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For more than 40 years, DNF has been providing our community with quality natural and organic products, education and service. Durango Natural Foods is a business founded on the Cooperative Principles. It is governed by its Owners, for its Owners, and the community at large.

In addition to a committed Ownership, a large part of DNF’s success can be attributed to the loyalty and commitment of the store’s General Manager, staff and Board of Directors. Every day, their belief in DNF’s mission, customers and each other makes DNF a warm inviting place to shop. Their knowledge and dedication allows customers to leave more informed and better able to take control of their own health as well as the health and success of our local community and planet.

The Durango Natural Foods Board of Directors is elected by the owners from amongst themselves. Each board member brings a variety of professional and personal interests and experiences to the group, forging a Board of Directors committed to fulfilling DNF’s mission, maintaining its quality and financial stability, and providing strategic planning for its future.

Dan Randolph – President

Dan was born in northwest Colorado, and has degrees in botany and soils.  He worked for San Juan Citizens Alliance off and on for 20 years, on public land issues, oil and gas, and coal mining and burning, as well as serving as Executive Director.  He also worked for two other environmental groups on hard rock (metals) mining issues.  In an earlier incarnation he studied and practiced sustainable mountain agriculture for 10 years.  Currently he is a student at San Juan College in the nursing program.

 

 

 

 

Jules Masterjohn – Vice President

Jules Masterjohn has been passionately working in the arts for over 25 years. Her commitment to creativity has taken her from coast to coast practicing the professions of educator, artist, art administrator, curator, writer, filmmaker, and consultant. She believes that creativity is our human birthright.

Her creative interests extend to the garden and the kitchen where she grows and cooks inspiring organic food – she considers the kitchen her ‘other studio.’

She owns Spiralbound Studio Creative Services, a consulting business that assists artists, businesses and non-profit organizations in promoting creativity and the visual arts. She is currently the Director of the annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival presented by the Durango Arts Center. Jules holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. in Studio Art.

Jules has lived in Durango since 1999 and has been an active DNF Co-op owner and volunteer since 2000.

 

Rachel Bennet- Secretary

Rachel moved to Durango four years ago after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Development/Agroecology back east.  Her focus in our southwestern region has been cooperative development aligned with earth restoration initiatives.  Rachel currently coordinates the Southwest Seed Library based in Durango, serves as a CSA Coordinator with the SWFF Cooperative, and as an administrator in The Mother Earth Restoration Trust.  It is her intention to continue supporting an awareness of collective stewardship in bio-cultural regeneration of our natural systems through education and engagement with communities of our region.

 

 

 

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Jaime Avila- Treasurer

Jamie moved to Durango 10 years ago after graduating from University of Florida with her degree in Anthropology. She is co-chair of the Giving Garden at First United Methodist Church, which propelled her into the local food movement. The Giving Garden strives to teach how to garden organically in the Southwest, home food preservation methods and pushes to expand the palette of local families with unusual heirloom varieties and recipes.

Jamie is a recent graduate of Fort Lewis College where she earned the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants Golden Key Award for her efforts in the School of Business Accounting program. She is currently employed as an auditor at a local accounting firm, working towards her Certified Public Accountant certification and enjoys teaching her 4 ½ year old daughter how to ski.

 

 

 

 

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Forty-one years ago, Patricia and her husband moved to the amazingly beautiful Durango community where they raised two sons, now grown. Working with infants and toddlers and their families and caregivers is one of Patricia’s passions. She is an Early Childhood Consultant, mentoring parents and early childhood professionals in the practice of mindfulness in the care of infants/toddlers, healthy food/nutrition practices and life in general.

Patricia is a Reiki practitioner with a daily practice for the highest good of all beings. Healthy nutrition and knowing where her food comes from is important- she feels “food is my medicine.” Patricia has a deep spiritual practice. Being in nature and mindfully connecting to Mother Earth and helping take care of her is another passion. Family, friends and community are important to Patricia. She feels honored to be a member of the DNF Coop board of directors and looks forward to doing her part to help it thrive and grow.

 

 

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Kate Husted

Kate Husted runs a small goat dairy in Bayfield, CO.  She is also a practicing Clinical Herbalist.  She has lived and worked on a handful of organic farms, and completed a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Biology from UC Santa Cruz.  She is grateful and excited about her opportunity to serve on the DNF Board of Directors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie West

Valerie West is a wife and mother from Virginia. After earning a BFA from VCU in the early 90’s, she taught pottery and weaving while showing her artwork in local galleries. During the 00’s, she became the catering and store manager for a specialty food and wine shop & café and then later worked in the Director’s Office of the Virginia State Parks. For the past 7 years, Valerie has devoted her time to organic herb gardening, treatment-free beekeeping, raising and “legalizing” chickens, craftwork, and volunteering. As a new resident of Durango, Valerie continues to practice Beekeeping and Apitherapy and looks forward to being a positive contributor to DNF and the local community.