Our progress in the last six months has been exciting! We have an awesome group of volunteers working to get Ambler’s grocery co-op up and running. All of our committees have been busily working since our last meeting. Thanks to our Membership, Outreach and Volunteers committee, we’ve had a booth at 27 area events since then. That’s on top of everything else we are doing behind the scenes. And, we are only 60 pledged members away from starting our capital campaign!
Special Guest Speaker: Marc Brown Gold, General Manger of theSwarthmore Co-op.
WHERE: AMBLER THEATER, 108 East Butler Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013, 6:30-8:00 PM
We will use this meeting to:
Answer newcomers’ questions about who and what we are.
Catch up with everyone and see what you’re thinking.
Get updates from our committees.
Talk about what’s next.
We are looking to fortify our volunteer ranks in order to make this process go more quickly. “Many hands make light work.” We will go over specifically what we are looking for at the meeting. The faster we get members, the better off we are financially and the closer we are to beginning our next steps including: finding a General Manager and choosing a location.
Let us know if you’re coming! Click here to RSVP! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
New volunteer Ryan Helzerman says, “I got a lot out of the first Volunteer Orientation. Now, I’m ready to dig in and help out.”
Come to the second Volunteer Orientation to find out how to explain how a co-op is fundamentally different from other retail stores. Learn about what has been decided on and how much MORE there is for our members to decide on, for instance what the store offers and how it is going to be run. This is democracy on a local scale. Come get involved!
October 1st at 6:30 pm we will all be meeting at Total Performance Automotive at 283 N Main St, Ambler, PA 19002. Please note that this is a one-way street at this northern end of Main Street, which you can only enter from Mount Pleasant Ave. You can Park across the street at Enie’s Tire.
There will be yummy food offered-prepared by many of our current committee members! So, come hungry!
Click here for more details and to RSVP
There are so many reasons to get involved in the Ambler Food Co-op: help build the co-op, meet others in our community, and contribute your talents or leadership skills. So, how can you get involved?
Find out where your skills and interests fit. Learn the basics to discuss the co-op intelligently.
Join us for the first Volunteer Orientation Meeting (or the second)
6:30 pm Thursday, September 12th at Total Performance Automotive - 283 N Main St, Ambler, PA (Upstairs)
OR… on Tuesday, October 1st (same place, same time)
* Each Meeting will be identical so choose the one that works best for you.
Enjoy some food provided by our committee volunteers; talk to other like-minded co-op enthusiasts; learn how to answer your neighbor’s questions about the co-op. Find out what’s happening now and where we need some help.
So come out and join us!
Let’s make this thing happen!
Prophecy Creek Park off of Skippack Pike in Ambler, PA – Sunday June 2nd 2013 – Two new ventures join forces to create a brand new annual event; Prophecy Creek Park and Ambler Food Co-op presented the Creek and Co-op 5K.
The Sunday morning was crisp and sunny. The sponsors set up tents in the shade of tall trees; there were T-shirts and race flags, information booths, and a big blowup finish line. It was professionally organized and well attended for a first event. Over 100 registrants, both runners and walkers, made their way through the cross-country trails over ponds, around the fields and through tree-lined trails. Most had never even seen this trail before this run and were delighted.
Nicole Werner, an avid runner and Co-op committee organizer said, “We are thrilled with the turnout of runners, volunteers and sponsors for our first Creek and Co-op 5k. The weather was perfect at Prophecy Creek Park and the partnership between The Ambler Food Co-op planning committee and Whitpain Township couldn’t have been better. This race showed that local partnerships utilizing our public spaces can lead to great things in our community.”
The winners were Seth Pollins in first, David Rosenfeld in second, and Ambler Food Co-op’s very own John Farley in third place. All finishers were enthusiastically greeted at the finish line.
Refreshments were made available by Ambler Bake shop and there was free fruit, pretzels and water. Other vendors onsite were Everyhome Realty, Barking Dogs Podiatry, Genisys Credit Union and Ambler Food Co-op. Food was donated by Superfresh and Weaver’s Way. Water was donated by North Wales Water Authority and Mary Mastroeni from Remax Realty.
The organizers would like to thank the participants, all 25 volunteers, and the sponsors who made this event so fun for all the first time out. The proceeds from the Creek and Co-op 5k benefit the Prophecy Creek Preservation Fund and Ambler Food Co-op.
For more information about Prophecy Creek Park visit http://www.whitpaintownship.net/pages/rec_openprophecy.php.
Those who have pledged to the Ambler Food Co-op can get a discount when they register for the Creek and Coop 5k. The trail run/walk is being held on June 2 at Prophecy Creek. Come and join runners and walkers in a great event, which will benefit the Prophecy Creek Park Preservation Fund and the Ambler Food Co-Op
Those who are pledged to the co-op, register online at Run the Day and use the coupon code “PLEDGE” at https://www.runtheday.com/registration/create_registration/18681
If you haven’t pledged yet to the co-op, go to http://www.amblerfoodcoop.org/new_pledge_signup. Help us grow!
Last Thursday night we held our 3rd Community Meeting (we’ve committed to holding community update meetings every 6 months). By a show of hands, we saw that we had many “first-timers” at our meeting. Thank you everyone, for coming out and showing your support!
If you missed the meeting, there is a nice write-up in the Ambler Gazette that gives you an update on the “state of affairs”, that you can find at this link online.
After the meeting was a Question and Answer session, where community members asked questions. In case you missed the meeting, we thought it would be a good idea to share items from the Q&A session here:
Q. Have you started talking to any farms?
A. Yes, some . . . but we are still very early in the process and are more focused on connecting with the community, getting members and raising capital.
Q. Is the $400 “fee” for an individual or family?
A. It is for one residence and we realize there will be exceptions. Also, please note it is not a fee but an investment.
Q. Are you going to open in Ambler?
A. So far that is the plan because of the walk-ability, but we are not ready to start the location search.
Q. Can you post notes from meetings on the website?
A. We will try to post more information to the website and to post when those meetings are happening on the calendar. We are always looking for new committee members so if you see a meeting you can make, feel free to joins us.
Q. What is Bob Noble’s email address?
Q. Will there be discounts at other food co-ops around the country?
A. There are programs like that out there, and we would be willing to partner with other co-ops, but it is up to the members to make those types of decisions.
Q. Do co-ops buy from personal/household gardens?
A. Not typically, but it is an interesting concept.
Q. Can you walk the 5K?
A. Yes! It is open to walkers and runners.
Q. What are the sponsorship levels and benefits for sponsoring for the 5k?
A. Whitpain Township will promote your business as much as possible. The level of exposure will be commensurate to your level of commitment. The sponsorship opportunities listed are suggested packages. We will customize a sponsor program to meet your needs! Please call Kurt Baker at (610) 277-2400 x381 if you would like assistance designing your own sponsor package.
All event requests are reviewed by the Parks & Recreation department prior to approval. You will be notified once the sponsor schedule is complete.
Please send your company’s logo and website URL to Courtney Fox.
Friend Level – $200, Choose One:
- Harvest Festival General Sponsor
- Concert or Movie General Sponsor
Bronze Level – $500 – Choose One:
- Big Rig Round-Up
- Community Harvest Festival Activity Sponsor
- Earth Day Event – co-sponsor
- Hayrides at Prophecy Creek Park – one night
- Motorcycle Daze
- Send a Child to Stony Creek Day Camp – 1st-5th grade program
- Summer Movie – One Show
Silver Level – $1000 – Choose One:
- Earth Day Prime Sponsor
- Community Harvest Festival Sponsor
- Summer Concert Series – co-sponsor one show
- Hayrides at Prophecy Creek Park – both nights
- Send a Child to Stony Creek Day Camp – 6th-9th grade program
- Billboard Sponsor on Baseball Outfield Fence at Wentz Run Park – one year
Gold Level – $2500 – Choose One:
- Concert Series – one concert or co-sponsor of top performer
- Prime Sponsor of Community Harvest Festival
- Sole Sponsor of Summer Movie Series
- Billboard Sponsor on Baseball Outfield Fence at Wentz Run Park – two years
Platinum Level – $5000 – Choose One:
- Presenting Sponsor of Community Harvest Festival
- Summer Concert Series Top Performer Sponsor
- Billboard Sponsor on Baseball Outfield Fence at Wentz Run Park – five years
- Sponsor Benefits
- Recognition in next Township Newsletter
- Complimentary table at the Community Harvest Festival vendor area
- Recognition on Township’s Facebook and Twitter pages
- Logo and website link on WhitpainRec.com:
Friend Level: 3 Months
Bronze Level: 6 Months
Silver Level: 9 Months
Gold & Platinum Level: 1 Year
- Sponsor sign or banner at event area
- Recognition on Township access channel
Mark your calendars–it’s time for the 3rd Ambler Food Co-op Community Meeting! Come out to hear what we’ve been up to in the last 6 months–and to learn more about cooperative enterprise in general. A leader of the co-op movement, Bob Noble, will tell us how co-ops are organizing to economically boost local communities and enhance the local food movement.
The Community Meeting will begin with a meet-and-greet of co-op volunteers and community vendors at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 18, followed by the (in)formal meeting beginning just after 7:00. The event will be held at the Ambler Theater on Butler Avenue–a big thank you to them for their continued support of our efforts!
If you’ve been on the fence about pledging membership, here is your chance to learn more and to have your questions answered. We’ll see you there!
Sign up a friend to pledge to Ambler Food Co-op and win an entry into our raffle!
Cabot Cooperative Cheese Company will be giving 2 gift boxes to a pledged Ambler Food Co-op member for signing up a new pledge. The gift boxes are worth $75 and $25 and include not only an assortment of great cheeses, but knives, cutting boards and other items to help you enjoy great cheese. For every pledge you get, you will receive an entry into the raffle. Those who sign up more than 3 new pledges will be entered into the raffle for the $75 gift box.
The winners will be picked at our next community meeting in April 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Just be sure to include your name on the signed pledge form or enter your name into the “who referred you” on the online form. Help us grow!
In case you haven’t heard, registration is now open for the Creek and Co-op 5K! The race will benefit the Prophecy Creek Park Preservation Fund and the Ambler Food Co-Op. Hurry, space is limited!
When: Sunday June 2, 2013 at 8:30 am -11:30 am (rain date June 9, 2013)
Where: The race will be held at Prophecy Creek Park in Whitpain Township
Registration Information: Only $30 for Residents and Non-Residents. Non-residents will be charged a $5 late fee if registration is received after April 30th. The race registration deadline is May 17th.
How to Register: Go to this link: http://www.whitpainrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29807
Yes! You read that correctly . . .
We are so excited because Ambler’s own Forest & Main Brewing Company has created a special brew for the co-op! Not only that, but one dollar of every beer sold will go to support the co-op! The plan is to tap the beer on February 21st, so do us a favor and drink some beer! This special beer has been named Toad Lane, after the location of the very first co-op founded by theRochdale Pioneers in England.
And if you didn’t know, members of the steering committee will be at Forest & Main this Thursday, February 21 (the day the beer is tapped) from 5:00-7:00 pm for a Q&A session about the co-op and pledge drive. Bring your friends and family!
If you can’t make it this Thursday, make sure you stop by Forest & Main and order a “Toad Lane” soon! Here is some information about the beer, from Forest & Main’s Facebook page:
Just brewed a hoppy white ale. 40% Hard red winter wheat from Pete’s Produce in West Grove, PA. A metric boatload of Falconer’s Flight, N.Z. Wakatu, and Centennial hops. Should be fantastic.
We plan to tap this beer on Thursday Feb. 21 for an info session for the Ambler Food Co-Op. Steering committee members will be onsite to answer any questions and hopefully start accepting some pledges.
We can’t wait for the Co-op to get going and are proud to offer our support. A dollar for every glass of this beer sold will be donated to their start-up efforts.
Thank you, thank you, Forest & Main! We couldn’t do this without support from people like you!