Guest Speaker Bonnie Acker (a short biography and statement are available at Eyes On the Land), 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!
On the 22nd of May the Ambler Food Co-op had their first house party at the home of Bernadette Dougherty. Many local food vendors volunteered the food and the party favors, which was also local food.
This video entitled “Whats to Love About Co-ops?” recently won the United Nations-sponsored cooperative film festival. It’s a great little 2 minute video that explains in simple terms, how a food co-op works.
Watch it when you have a chance, and you’ll see that it’s about a lot more than good food!
Come find out more about the Ambler Food Co-op at our First Membership Meeting and at our table at these events!
Ambler Food Co-op’s First Membership Meeting
Food and Future on Tap for Members and the Public
St Anthony’s Church, Fellowship Hall, 259 Forest Ave, Ambler
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:30pm
We will have an update, an open dialogue on our future, food and fun for the kids!
Ambler Music Open House
310 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA 19002
Saturday April 26th
1pm – 5pm
Robbins Park Spring Fling
1419 E. Butler Pk Ambler PA 19002
Sunday April 27th
1pm – 4 pm
for more information click here
We are excited to announce that your community marketplace, the Ambler Food Co-op, is now accepting membership enrollments! No longer taking membership pledges, we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting full-fledged voting members from this point forward.
This is a big step for us as we seek to open and operate a community-owned full-service grocery store in Ambler.
Join today so that we can all move closer to fulfilling our mission “to create and sustain a member owned market that nourishes the community by offering locally-sourced food and products, bettering the physical, social and economic strength of the people in Ambler and in the surrounding communities.”
Every new member puts us one step closer to opening our doors, so join us today!
Click here for further details and a membership enrollment form. Please contact us with any questions.
At our last community meeting, we had the pleasure of hearing from Marc BrownGold, General Manager at Swarthmore Co-op. Here is an excerpt from his moving speech that captures some of the reasons why community members in Ambler are committed to starting a full-service, cooperative grocery market in Ambler, and why it involves and impacts our local community:
What’s the connection between the broken food system and supporting a Co-op in your community?
Healthy foods free of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics are the rule and not the exception [at Swarthmore Co-op]. As a member of a food co-op you are supporting your local farmers. The question I get a lot from future members is “what do I ‘get’ if I join the co-op?” I remind them that it is not what you get but what you give to your community that makes a co-op membership. You give a local farmer the chance to sell all of his produce to a single place so he can use less fuel and less time in the process. He or she can FARM! You give the planet a chance to heal from unsustainable practices that growers of monoculture are using. You give members of your community a place to meet, chat, see a movie, take a cooking or dance class, have a great place to meet—all around this delicious food. You give 30 or 40 members of your community a great paying job with benefits—all centered on delicious healthy food.
I remember having a conversation about the food movement—slow food, organic food, non-GMO food—and talking about whether the movement would work if not for the great taste of the food. The truth is that the people involved in the food movement are more inclined to make a great tasting product, raise a great tasting product, and grow a great tasting product. They take stock in how their particular food item not only tastes, but how it affects the environment, how his/her workers should be treated, how his/her product may or may not be accessible to all.
I am happy to tell you more about the Co-op and how it has had an incredible effect on me, and I am sure that the people that I work with would be happy to do the same. We do not just come to work every day—we feel that we and the community are united around food and how it creates community.
Thank you to our supporters for marching in this year’s Ambler Parade! Marchers had a great time, handing out magnets and stickers to the crowd and pulling chickens and a beehive as a way to show that we hope to support local farmers in our cooperatively-owned grocery market!
The food co-op, recognizing the importance of financial participation of its member-owners, is pleased to announce The Founders Club.
When we reach our goal of 400 and start collecting member-owner equity payments, the first 400 who pay their member equity in full will be in our Founder’s Club.
Additionally, we will be offering these pioneering shareholders a discount. You can take an additional 10% off your membership fee. That’ll be $360.00. However, this discount is voluntary and you may donate back the $40.00 if you feel strongly about giving the co-op additional financial support.