Maple City Market

Luke Gascho Candidate

Luke Gascho

Why are you interested in serving on the MCM Board?

I believe that Maple City Market plays an important role in our community by building a healthier food system. I am interested in serving on the board because I resonate with the purposes, values and practices of MCM. I am energized by working with other people who are pursuing ways to strengthen and achieve the core purposes. As a board member, I will be able to contribute by drawing on my experiences as the executive director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, a strategic planner, an educator, and an urban farmer.

I appreciate the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of board members that are clearly described by MCM. These statements increase my interest in serving on the board, as I value an organization that has done this careful work –– and is committed to following these principles and practices.

MCM’s Ends Statement describes how we work together to impact our community in tangible ways. If elected, how might you envision Maple City Market changing and evolving to better achieve these ends?

The Ends Statements articulate a vibrant, preferred future for MCM and its role in its service area. As a board member, I will learn about past and present actions that are addressing the ends. I will engage in the discerning work of identifying objectives and actions that will increase the movement toward accomplishing the ends. These are the kinds of questions I would pursue with the board:

  • What are ways to make healthy foods affordable to the broadest array of people in our community?
  • What are opportunities to encourage and support local food producers?
  • How can MCM contribute to resilience in the food system of the city and region?
  • How can MCM’s ecological footprint be measured in order to set goals for reducing the footprint?
  • What are the definitions of accessibility and inclusion to guide MCM in identifying and implementing generative actions?
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