Judy Wicks Impresses at the Second Ambler Food Co-op Food For Thought Education Series Event

Judy_Wicks_presentation_collage.jpgJudy Wicks is an impressive force in the Philadelphia community: she is the founder of the Sustainable Business Network and the non-profit organization Fair Food, the former owner of the White Dog Café, and the author of the memoir Good Morning, Beautiful Business. She spoke with Ambler Food Co-op members and the general public about the positive impact local businesses have on communities at the second event in the Food for Thought Education Series, sponsored by Ambler Food Co-op this past Wednesday, May 6.

During her presentation Ms. Wicks told stories of her life and businesses that consistently came down to her guiding principles, which include fostering community involvement, encouraging sustainable business, and supporting the local food supply. For her, money is simply a tool of business, not necessarily the goal: businesses are about relationships with the people you buy from, the people you sell too, and even nature.


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Our Co-op at the Theaters in Ambler!

We are sponsors of two events:

Act II Playhouse, "Unnecessary Farce"

Showings through March 26, 2015, Act II Playhouse, Ambler

March 12 is Co-op Night!  $2 of every ticket sold goes to the Ambler Food Co-op! 

Buy tickets today! The reviews have been top-notch.
What a great way to support your Co-op and Community Theater.  

Pennypack Film Series & Expo

Ambler Theater, Every 2nd Tuesday of March, April and May
(March 10, April 14, May 12)

6:30 - Expo in theater lobby.  We will have volunteers tabling - come by for information about our project!

7:30 - Film Showing followed by a Panel Discussion

For advance tickets and descriptions of the films, visit the Ambler Theater website.



Great turn out for our third birthday community meeting and chili cook-off!

See the Ambler Gazette's coverage and great photos of our event here


The Artman Home at East Mount Pleasant Avenue and Bethlehem Pike was the scene of the third birthday celebration and chili cook-off for the Ambler Food Coop on Sunday, February 8.

The community room was almost completely filled with a diverse group of people with one thing in common: the desire to get a food co-op open in Ambler. Most agreed that this is more important now than ever, without a food market of any type in the borough.  The audience learned how the Co-op, with its roots in the community, is a solution to the "come and go" history of grocery stores in Ambler, and that Co-ops have proven to be far better at boosting local economies, serving its community and, as one audience member said, "becoming a center of civic engagement."

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Support Ambler Food Co-op with this Equal Exchange Online Fundraiser!

We are raising money in partnership with Equal Exchange, a fairly traded farmer cooperative, offering organic foods and hand-crafted gift items.  25% of your purchase goes to support Ambler Food Co-op, but you must use this link.  

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A Great Night for Ambler Food Co-op at the Ambler Theater



Food for Change, a documentary about the history of co-ops and of their value to individuals and communities, was shown at the Ambler Theater on October 23. We had 80 people at the event.  Volunteers served healthy foods to movie goers, and talked about the co-op.  Lawn signs were given to members to help advertise the co-op around town.


For the discussion after the movie, we were joined by Bettina de Caumette, Outreach Director at Weavers Way Co-op as well as David Woo (pictured left), former Board President of Weavers Way.  New members joined the co-op, we raised $2000, and had a great discussion after the film.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a special night!


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Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance Meeting

Did you know that there are about 100 co-ops in our region?  And that a core principle of cooperatives is to help other cooperatives?  Come see the work of cooperatives cooperating at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance's first ever membership meeting and board elections!



Saturday, November 15th 2:00pm to 4:30pm
245 N. 15th St (Northeast corner of 15th & Vine)
Drexel University
New College Building
Geary Auditorium A

This is an historic moment for Philly's co-op movement. All co-op members, staff, and supporters are encourage to attend to help chart the course for Philadelphia’s future cooperative economy!

Light refreshments will be served.
You can RSVP Here.
You can read more about our Board candidates here


Film Screening on Oct 23

movie information


A great night to learn about co-ops, meet co-op members, eat some treats, become a part of the movement!  

With the support of Weavers Way and the Ambler Theater, we are able to give community members a chance to learn about cooperation -- locally and nationally. The theater will be the site of a special screening of the feature length documentary “Food for Change” which gives a historical look at food co-ops in American society, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and current efforts to create regional food systems. 

After the film, leaders from Weavers Way and Ambler Food Co-op will offer a local perspective on the work of the two co-ops.  Community members who wish to learn more about our efforts are encouraged to attend!

Weavers Way is generously sponsoring the event and will match donations we receive that evening up to $1000.  We hope to see you there!




Co-op Education Series on Farm to School Programs

Farm to School EducationalWednesday, September 3, 2014
7:00 - 8:30pm
First Presbyterian Church of Ambler
4 South Ridge Ave. (park on Cavalier Dr)

Guest Speaker Bonnie Acker, a long-time farm-to-school organizer, food co-op gardener, educator and artist in Burlington, Vermont, will offer ideas and inspiration on how our community can advance our local food system. Bonnie has been named a “community treasure” for her work with the Burlington School Food Project and for giving her community “a fuller spectrum of public art, gardens and harvests.”

• How can we improve our local food system in our communities and schools?

• What does a successful Farm-To-School program look like and what resources are needed?

• What role can Ambler Food Co-op play in these efforts?

Join Ambler Food Co-op, along with leaders from Pennypack Farm and Weavers Way, to learn, share ideas, and develop our own efforts around this dynamic initiative.

To RSVP, send us an email at info@amblerfoodcoop.org or call us at 215-326-9792.  See you there!



Happy to Help Happy Hour for Ambler Food Co-op

 ‘Happy to Help’ Happy Hour – August 25th – 29th

 Ambler, PA – The Amber Food Co-op is partnering with select area restaurants for a Ambler Food Co-op ‘Happy to Help’ Happy Hour Week from August 25th to the 29th. Participating establishments, including From the Boot, The Lucky Well and Forest & Main Brewpub, are part of a fundraiser and awareness-raiser where $1.00 from each Happy Hour check will be donated to the Ambler Food Co-op. Restaurant guests will also receive information on the goals of the Co-op, as well as how--and why--to become a member.

Supporting Restaurants and Happy Hours:

Forest & Main (5-7), 

The Boot (4-6)

The Lucky Well (4:30-6:30)  

**Have a Beer with the Board of Directors at Forest & Main on Wednesday the 27th from 5:00-6:30 - $1.00 of your purchase will go to the co-op!**


Upcoming House Parties!


We have a busy summer ahead with Ambler Food Co-op members hosting House Parties to bring in even MORE members! These parties are casual events to introduce friends and neighbors to our effort to open a community-owned and operated grocery store in Ambler.

July 30th, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Maple Glen
August 4th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Maple Glen
August 15,  7:00 – 9:00pm, Ambler
Others to follow in Ambler and Horsham!

RSVP to us at membership@amblerfoodcoop.org.

Interested in hosting a House Party of you’re own? It’s easy to do, and it helps us grow! Email us at membership@amblerfoodcoop.org to learn more.

Can’t make it to a party but still want to be a part of this amazing movement? Click to join now, and receive exclusive discounts to area businesses.  Membership is an investment in your community!