University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kenna Eaton

General Manager, The Food Co-op, Port Townsend

After 30 years at the Moscow Food Co-op [Moscow, ID], Kenna relocated to Port Townsend in 2011 and assumed the role of General Manager at The Food Co-op.

Kenna attended the University of Delaware [Newark, DE] graduating in 1981 with an Associate’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Her interest in eating good food helped her gain employment at the Moscow Food Co-op in 1982. By 1990 Kenna was promoted to the General Manager of the Co-op and oversaw sales growth from less than $1 million per year in a 1500 square feet store to over $8 million per year in 15,000 square feet. She relocated the store 3 times and directed all 3 relocations and remodeling projects. The final relocation project included an adaptive reuse of a 1960’s era Safeway Store and involved gutting the store down to the studs, revising all plumbing, electrical & mechanical systems as well as adding technological infrastructure to create a thriving, new anchor store for downtown Moscow.

Kenna’s passion for good food and food access has led her to embrace unique ideas such as starting a mid-week farmers market in the parking lot of the Co-op to increase community access to local food.  Founded in 1972, The Food Co-op, with 93 employees and close $16 million a year in sales, see themselves as the cultivators of local in their community. With a triple bottom line (people, place and prosperity), the profit they make is used to enable them to achieve their mission of increasing access to good food to the entire community.