Ambler Food Co-op Hosting Author & Business Owner Judy Wicks

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On Wednesday, May 6, Ambler Food Co-op will host Judy Wicks for the second event in its "Food for Thought” Educational Series. The Co-op continues to organize the community towards owning and operating their own full-service grocery store in Ambler. Ms. Wicks, a proponent of small businesses, will speak to the positive impact that the Co-op will have on the local economy and the environment. Ms. Wicks is the former owner of the White Dog Café in Philadelphia’s University City and describes the farm-to-table restaurant as “not only helping our local economy grow, but also preserving the environment and enriching the health of our customers.”

“Most of our dishes,” she continues, “are prepared with local, organic ingredients for a number of reasons. Local food is fresher and tastes better since it does not need preservatives added to travel long distances. Working with local farms gives us the ability to offer unique, seasonal items that could not otherwise make it from a far distance.”

As Ambler Food Co-op continues to grow and develop as a local member-owned business, it remains committed to sourcing its produce and other grocery items from local suppliers. This focus on where food comes from and how it nourishes us, our families and our communities is built into the Co-op’s mission statement, along with a concern for the local economy. 

This “Food for Thought” event is free and open to all members as well as the general public and will be held at the Ambler Presbyterian Church at Ridge and Butler Avenues on Wednesday May 6, 2015, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be time for refreshments, mingling, information sharing and the opportunity to become a member-owner of the Co-op.  Ms. Wicks will be speaking and taking questions from 7 to 8 pm. The evening will conclude with a book-signing and purchasing opportunity of her memoir, “Good Morning Beautiful Business.”

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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.

 

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Ambler Borough Council Meeting Canceled

March 3, 2015

Due to this evening's predicted ice storm, the Ambler Borough Council meeting is canceled.  We were scheduled to present to the Council the ways that the Co-op can benefit the town in economic and social ways.  Thank you to the many who planned to be there in support of us.  We will let you know when an alternative date for our presentation is set.   

 

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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

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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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Community Meeting & Co-op Birthday Chili Cook-off!

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Sunday, February 8

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Artman Home, 250 N Bethlehem Pike, Ambler
(Enter on Mt Pleasant Ave)

Everyone welcome!

Food and Drink Provided.  Babysitting will be available free of charge. 

Interested in knowing what we're up to?  Would you like to know why people are organizing a community-owned and operated grocery store in Ambler?  Do you want to know how we're going to get a store location?  Bring your questions, and your ideas.  Existing and prospective member-owners strongly encouraged to join us.

Please RSVP so that we can ensure we have enough food to share.

 Chili Cook-off? Enter to win, or just eat!

Click for more info about how to enter, as well as info about our fabulous judges and prizes here.   

  Yes, we will have judges and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best chili!  We will provide cornbread, dessert and drinks, and there will be gluten-free and vegan options.  Of course, everyone will get to eat!  If you can, BYOM+S (Mug + Spoon) so that we can reduce waste.

 

 

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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Film Screening on Oct 23

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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!

 

 

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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!

 

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