Dorchester Community Food Co-op

Building a Healthy, Sustainable & Economically Viable Community


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November Update

General Membership Meeting
Thursday December 12
6:30-8:30 pm
Bowdoin St Health Center
(230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester)
Update on planning the new store on Bowdoin St
First Look at Architect Sketches
Committee Work

We are looking for legal, business plan writing and
fundraising support.–let us know if you can help

Thanks to everyone who joined the Dorchester Community Food Coop in October in honor of Co-op Month! We surpassed our goal, and currently have 309 household member-owners! This is great news as we approach funders for building our new store on Bowdoin St. Of course–we still need to keep building our membership, and our next goal is to hit 400 members by the beginning of the Winter Farmers Market in January! Help us spread the word, and forward this email to a friend or neighbor who may be interested in joining. You are our best ambassadors! Looking for a great holiday gift for a Dorchester friend or relative? Give a membership to the Dorchester Community Food Co-op–the gift that keeps on giving! To join–go to our website and make a full or installment payment on the $100 equity share.   If you have paid an installment payment in the past year–now would be an excellent time to make your next payment. You can do that on the same “Join Now” page. Click HERE

Outreach Committee begins monthly meetings
Our outreach committee has begun meeting on the first Monday of the month. Next meeting: Monday December 2, 7pm at the Eastern Bank Community Room at Ashmont Station Please contact Lynn Murray (klynnmurray@gmail.com),our outreach and education coordinator, for information. All are welcome to join this committee and join in this important work!

Building our membership and beginning our Major Fundraising Campaign is only a part of our current momentum. Recent activities are:

  • We are currently meeting with architects to plan and design the new building on Bowdoin Street that will house the co-op. We will be bringing early sketches to our general meeting on December 12
  • Our Fresh Fridays series on the site of the new Co-op was very successful with more than 500 people attending—many new to our co-op project.
  • The third season of the Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market will open on Sunday January 5 at 12 noon at the Codman Square Health Center.
  • We celebrated Food Day on October 24 in partnership with the Bowdoin St. Health Center by showing “A Place at the Table”, an excellent documentary on hunger in America.

Thanks for your ongoing help in building the food co-op!
For more information: contact silverman.jen@gmail.com or klynnmurray@gmail.com


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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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