Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community


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Join Us for Food Day This Thursday– Market, Community Social & Film Screening

Join us at the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market on Thursday, October 24th to celebrate Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

Together with Food In The Hood, we’ll be celebrating with a special event at the market complete with kids’ activities, food tastings, and more!

Meanwhile, indoors, as the market draws to a close we’ll begin to gather for an informal community social.  Then, at 6:30pm, we’ll begin screening A Place at the Table, an engaging film that tackles the hard questions of the dual challenge of food in America – hunger and obesity.  View the trailer here.

Please join us for an afternoon/evening of food, community, and thought as we celebrate Food Day together.

FOOD DAY PRIORITIES:

        • Promote safer, healthier diets
        • Support sustainable and organic farms
        • Reduce hunger
        • Reform factory farms to protect the environment
        • Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers

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Saturday Free Activities at The Hub

As of now, all activities are scheduled to take place tomorrow at the site at the corner of Topliff and Bowdoin Street. There is a chance of rain for the morning and if it is raining the classes may be cancelled, but unless the rain is coming down we will be planning to be there! Check back in the morning if you’re unsure, or follow us on Facebook for updates.

 

11 AM Earthseed Yoga (Yoga class for all levels– some mats provided)

1 PM Fitness Fun by Nourish Boston (A fitness class for all levels. Beginners welcome!)

2 PM FREEstyle Texture Painting by Sustainability Guild International (All materials provided)

4:30 PM Free Form Music Making for Kids (No instruments required, all materials provided)

The book exchange will be open all day, with free books to trade, borrow, or take. The bike clinic will be open from 2-7 PM, fixing bikes!


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The Co-op on Chronicle TV Show Tonight at 7:30

Earlier this week we were filmed at the site of the Co-op for a Chronicle segment which airs tonight!

Be sure to tune in tonight at 7:30 on Channel 5 WCVB .

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The episode is called Fighting Hunger: The appetite for good, fresh food is stronger than ever, fueling farmers’ markets, farm to table restaurants, and foodie web sites. But many Massachusetts residents aren’t interested in the latest locavore trend: they’re focused on just making sure they have the next night’s meal.


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Free Saturday Classes Starting September 21

We have two amazing free classes taking place this weekend. We hope you will join us for one or both of them THIS Saturday at our beautiful Bowdoin-Geneva Community Hub and future site of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op!

Earthseed Yoga invites you to attend a FREE energizing and empowering outdoor hatha yoga class.
Saturday September 21 beginning at 11 AM, and continuing each week through the end of October.
Those new to yoga are welcome.

Nourish Boston presents a FREE introduction to stretching and circuit training.
Saturday September 21 beginning at 1PM.
No previous fitness experience necessary.

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Fresh Fridays Finale

Last Friday we held the last Fresh Fridays event of the summer. Thank you to everyone who came out and made it such a fun success! Over 230 people came and had a great time enjoying a potluck style dinner, delicious summery mocktails, amazing music by Afrika Gente Afro-Latin Jazz Band, and conversation and visiting with neighbors and friends. Mayor Menino even stopped by to check out the event and see the site in person, and we enjoyed chatting with him and getting to show him what we’ve been working on. It’s wonderful to have the support of the city and the Mayor on a project like ours and we were glad that he could make it.

Throughout the summer, the Fresh Fridays series saw over 500 people attend in total, and we couldn’t be happier that you all chose to participate with us and make the site of the future coop at the corner of Topliff and Bowdoin street a thriving community hub. We’re so glad to share the vision with you and so glad that you have shown how much you want to take part!

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Remember, even though Fresh Fridays are over for the year, the site itself will be open on Saturdays while the weather is still nice. Feel free to hang out, check out the books that you are free to borrow or take, watch the gardens grow, or just catch up with neighbors on the picnic benches. We’re also going to be launching workshops and classes in the next few weeks at the site so check back for more details and don’t be shy to get in touch if you want to teach a workshop or have suggestions for something you would like to learn!


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Boston Globe highlights future co-op site

The site of the future Dorchester Community Food Co-op was the subject of a wonderful article on the front page of the August 11 Boston Sunday Globe Metro section! Click HERE to see the full article. The article highlighted the work of our partner, Sustainability Guild International, in breathing new life into the empty lot at the corner of Bowdoin and Topliff Streets. We are laying the foundation for the Food Co-op by bringing together neighborhood residents and folks from across Dorchester to enjoy the new “Bowdoin Geneva Community Hub”: a space to celebrate food, healthy living, community, and cultural programming. Our Fresh Fridays is taking place on the site–join us for our last two events Friday August 16 and Friday August 23.
To achieve our goals of building a permanent food co-op in this space, WE NEED TO DOUBLE OUR MEMBERSHIP BY THE END OF THE YEAR! Now is a great time to join, as we embark on a capital campaign to raise the money to build the co-op. Help show our funders the depth of the community support for this project. If you are already a member, ask ONE more neighbor or friend to join–download the coop brochure and distribute. If you haven’t joined yet, join on-line today (see sidebar on this page) or download the membership form and send in your membership by check to PO Box 240231, Dorchester MA, 02124. Questions about membership? Contact our Membership and Outreach Organizer Lynn Murray: klynnmurray@gmail.com. Together we can make this a reality!

Two-year-old Aurora Kieta (left) watched the activity at the Bowdoin-Geneva Community Hub.market4market7

 

 

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