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.
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."Read more
Sunday, February 8
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Artman Home, 250 N Bethlehem Pike, Ambler
(Enter on Mt Pleasant Ave)
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.
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.Read more
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!
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)
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.
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!
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 email@example.com or call us at 215-326-9792. See you there!
‘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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in hosting a House Party of you’re own? It’s easy to do, and it helps us grow! Email us at email@example.com 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!