David Derksen first joined the Kickapoo Exchange as a member in 1979. Recently retired, Derksen has now joined the co-op in a new role, assistant manager.
“I didn’t want to sit around,” Derksen said of his decision to take the part-time position. “I was already bored after a couple of months.”
But to say the position will simply keep him occupied is disingenuous. He has a longstanding commitment to the food values represented by the co-op - organic and sustainable farming and unprocessed foods that offer the best nutritional value.
“It’s the right way to live,” said Derksen.
Derksen, who moved to live full-time in the area in 1992, retired last fall from True Value where he was the rental department manager. Besides bringing management experience, Derksen feels he offers enthusiasm and people skills, as well.
Derksen lives in an off-grid cordwood home in rural Ferryville designed by himself and his wife. He has three grown children and three grandchildren.
Derksen also writes poetry and has taught tai chi and worked with the developmentally disabled.
Derksen will be found in the co-op Mondays through Thursdays during his training period in January and encourages shoppers to stop in and get to know him, saying he looks forward to learning what the co-op has going on and what the members need.