We hope you will all join us in welcoming our new market manager, Jim Kurczodyna, to the Woodstock Farmers Market team!
As many of you know, Keith Johnson is one of the reasons the Woodstock Farmers Market has grown into the award winning market that it is. He helped build the market from the ground up, and his passion to see the market thrive has been key. While we hate to see him step down, we understand that it is time for him to take a step back from the intense job of managing a market that continues to grow. We are excited that he will still remain with the market as a vendor, and we know he will do a great job of training his replacement.
We were delighted to find an applicant that has a passion for farming, agriculture, healthy food, and the health of the land! Jim and his family own a small farm in McHenry County. He has worked with gardening, composting, beekeeping, and raising chickens. He hopes to be able to grow his experiences, and we feel his position with our market will be an excellent opportunity for him.
Jim has completed the Stateline Farm Beginnings course through the Angelic Organics Learning Center, and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate through Mastadon Valley Farm. He worked for a year on a 160 acre non-profit farm in west-central Wisconsin. He has experience in construction management, event organization, leading workshops and discussion groups, and providing advice to farmers and landowners as they navigate their search for land or a farm.
In 2019, Jim left a career in construction with a life goal of contributing to the movement to build an agriculture that produces healthy food and rejuvenates the health of the land. We hope that the Woodstock Farmers Market will be integral in helping him reach that goal.
Welcome to the team, Jim!