Carol Wagenet

How long have you been cooperating?
I’ve been working at the Medford Food Co-op for nearly two and half years, and an owner for seven years.

What do you do at the co-op?
I am a cashier – working the front end of the store assisting with grocery purchases and customer questions.

What brought you to the co-op?
My husband first “found” the Co-op shortly after it opened, and we’ve been shopping here ever since. When it was time for me to find another job several years ago, I focused on fun places to work and this is it!

What do you like best about your job?
I really like the Co-op staff and the customers. They provide me with positive interactions all day.

Tell us your co-op favorites:
Bok choy in Produce, buckwheat groats in Bulk, Jarrow’s Vitamin B-12 in Wellness, and Hail Merry’s Meyer Lemon Tart in Grocery.

How has working at the co-op affected your life?
I never knew I could interact with so many people all day long and come away feeling more energized than when I arrived.

Tell us something we don’t know! (Tell us something about yourself others might not know):
My first job in my profession was working for Rockwell International in Southern California as a member of the Technical Staff supporting the NASA Space Shuttle Program!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to learn. I enjoy reading and experiencing improvements in my overall wellness. I’m also currently learning all about the ways to navigate estate planning and successfully administer one’s financial affairs now and after one passes.

Where did you grow up/where have you lived in your life?
My childhood started living near Disneyland and continued in Australia, Western Samoa and Eagle Point, Oregon. As an adult I’ve lived in Salem and Corvallis, Oregon; Pensacola, Florida; Newport, Rhode Island; Lakewood, California; and now Southern Oregon once again.