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How PACA Executive Director Peter Frank Became a Co-op Expert

Frank first became acquainted with co-ops as a member of a food co-op in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he lived with his wife prior to moving to Philadelphia in 2009.

“I got to understand a little about how they operate, and really sense the community in the brief amount of time I spent in Ann Arbor,” he said.

Frank worked as a consultant on natural resource conservation with a specialty in invasive species that got him contracts working for the military. He moved away from the profession, however, because it felt too “cut-throat” and lacked the sense of mission and solidarity he was seeking. Too often, he said, the people doing the work didn’t seem to care about the impact of what they were doing.

The decision to move to Philadelphia, Frank explained, was not informed by the usual factors associated with big moves — employment, family, economic pressures — but instead a desire to be a part of vital and unique city.

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