Current KNFC Board

At the August Board Meeting, officers were elected as follows.

President -Sam Brandon

Vice President – Anita Gontkovsky

Secretary – Fred Pierre

Treasurer – John Gargan


Other Board Members are

Elizabeth Ryan – Staff

Jeff Ingram – Staff

MaryJayne Stone – Staff (New)

Ben Faulhaber – Staff (New)

Barb Withee – Staff (New)


We’d like to thank Hannah Knapp, Jessiey Solomon, and Keara Gleason for serving on the Board and wish them success on all future endeavors!

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Co op Members welcome to attend Board Meetings

All KNF Co-op Members are welcome to attend Board Meetings.  Meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St. in Downtown Kent.

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Special Meeting Minutes from July 26, 2015

KNFC Special Annual Meeting July 26, 2015

start time 7:06PM, end time: 8:06, mtg minutes recorded by Than H.

Attendees: Jeff Ingram, Rick Feinberg, Nancy Grim, John Gargan Jr, Sam Brandon, Amber Myers, Carys Bobbitt, Than Hedington, Jennifer Cline, Isaac Cline, Fred Maier, Carol Maier, Jess Taylor, Jared Taylor, Sheila Harko.

Courthouse is office space. Right now we are staying at current location, with a 20ft. Expansion out the back, with a basement beneath the expansion, flush with Dr Reeves. New entrace to be flush with the sidewalk. Funds amount to $110K for construction, and 40k for equipment. store will have to close for a few days, 5 to 7. Gravel leveling in the back.

Addition of a garden wall, south facing on the front (approx 4ft tall) for plants. Plans for the front will be converted to a cafe-like area are debated. City wants to put a supermarket downtown, and a “west side market” as a year-round space for the farmer’s market, near the pufferbelly, both of which could be a threat to the KNFC. However, the KNFC has been continually growing for several years. Because of lack of space, KNFC growth has diminished.

Better management ability would be good. Better co-operation is a wise course. Continue to develop the KNFC niche as a local, hometown, wellness, specialty store. Increased publishing and advertising is currently working.

We have joined the chamber of commerce, which has helped give us opportunities, especially with the newspaper and other medias.

Jeff proposes the plan of expansion with an amendment that a basement be present if the cost is not prohibitive. The basement would be halfway dug by the time the foundation for the expansion would be built anyway.

OFFICIAL: Jeff Proposal “That The General Membership Approves The Architectural Plan That Has Been Presented By TANYA LIPTON For The One Floor Expansion, with the proviso that we add a basement under the expansion as long as the board finds that is fiscally responsible.” Fred M. seconds the motion

Motion passes unanimously!

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Welcome new Board Member, Keara Gleason!

At the Board Meeting last Sunday, September 27,  officers were elected.  Here’s the results:

President:  Fred Pierre

Vice President:  Anita Gontkovsky

Secretary:  Jennifer Cline

Treasurer:  John Gargan

There are plenty of committee positions that need filled.  Please contact Board Member Jeff Ingram (330-673-2878), if you’re a member and would like to serve on one of the following committees.

Facilities, Personnel, Membership, Outreach, Finance


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Board Member Election Results

August 19, 2015

The votes have been counted.

John Gargan and Keara Gleason have been elected to serve a two year term.  Welcome Keara! and Welcome Back John!

The Current Kent Natural Foods Board

  • Elizabeth Ryan
  • Amber Myers
  • John Gargan
  • Fred Pierre
  • Keara Gleason
  • Heidi Horvath
  • Anita Gontkovsky
  • Jennifer Cline
  • Jeff Ingram

Thanks to all who stopped by the store and took time to vote!

The Next Board Meeting is Sunday, September 20, 7pm at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Downtown Kent.  All Co-op Members welcome.




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“The Biology of Belief” Conference/Workshop w Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. (2 Days)

bruceliptonpicbruce-lipton-biology-of-beliefDr. Bruce Lipton will be presenting a conference and workshop for two days, September 10 & 11.

Thursday, September 10, 6-9pm. Presentation, Question and Answer. Reception with Cash Bar and light hors d’ouvres. Northeast Ohio Medical Center(NeoMed) Ballroom. State Rt 44. Rootstown, OH

Friday, September 11, 11am-3pm. Presentation and Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse Tour. Starts at KIVA Auditorium, Risman Plaza. Kent State University. Then proceeds to the Herrick Conservatory Greenhouse behind Cunningham Hall.

This Special Event is a Fund Raiser for the Kent Natural Foods Co-op Expansion Project

More Info: 330-673-2878


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Special General Member Meeting Sunday, July 26, 7pm

To the Co-op Membership,

There will be a special annual meeting on Sunday, July 26 at 7pm at The FJ Kluth Gallery, 300 N. Water St., Downtown Kent.

Items on the agenda.

1. Expanding the 1st floor of the Co-Op store according to Board approved plans.

2. Examine future expansion plans near the old courthouse.

3. Discuss a letter to Dr. Reeves about a possible future purchase of his property adjacent to our current store.


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“Evening At The Venice” KNFC Expansion Fund Raiser

Greetings !

Kent Natural Foods Co-op presents

WHAT: An Evening At The Venice

-A Fundraiser for the KNFC Expansion Project

-Music by Roger Hoover and The Hurt with Randy Horvath

-Appetizers, Desserts

-A Beverage featuring an herb or produce item from KNFC

-Silent Auction

-Fun Presentations about Herbal Remedies

WHERE: The Venice Cafe, 163 W. Erie St.

WHEN: Friday, March 13, 7-10pm

ADMISSION: $20. 21 & Over

-Tickets Available Online @

-Tickets Available at The Door

We’re getting closer to expanding the store. Construction Bids are due by

April 1st. We would like to break ground in June and be done by September 2015.

The more we raise on our own, the less we have to borrow.

Thanks to Roger and Ysabel Hoover for creating and organizing this special event!

Hope to see you there!

Kent Natural Foods Cooperative

151 E. Main St.

Kent, Ohio 44278



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We’re having our annual open house, this Saturday, December 6, from 9am-8pm. Come visit the store for extra discounts, music, potluck, and fun!
Open House Flier 2014

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