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Hello, supporters of the South Philly Food Co-op! Once again thanks your all of your words of encouragement, your participation in our many outreach and fund-raising events AND especially your membership in the Co-op. If you haven't joined yet then thanks for the first two things and we're looking forward to having you as a member soon. The Board of Directors of the Co-op takes its responsibility as the stewards of your member equity very seriously and to that end seeks to be as open and transparent as possible about all the work being done on behalf of the members to open a store. One of the ways the Co-op does this is by sharing the reports they receive each month from the various committees. These reports offer a concise and informative insider view of the various projects and goals being pursued by the Bookkeeping, Membership, Programs and Events, Marketing and Communications, Legal, Real Estate, Leadership, Business Outreach, Grants, IT, Speakers Bureau and Operations committees. Click this link to view or download a PDF of the April committee reports. If you have any questions, feel free to post them as a comment to this blog post OR email [email protected] What's another way to get all the latest news about the Co-op? Come to our May general membership meeting on Sunday, May 19. (Details here.) Whether you're a member or not, you are welcome to the meeting so you can find out as much you want to know about our efforts to date and take part in (if a member) or witness (if not) the process of voting for our board members.
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All the latest happenings about the Co-op in ONE place!

Hello, supporters of the South Philly Food Co-op! Once again thanks your all of your words of encouragement, your participation in our many outreach and fund-raising events AND especially your membership in the Co-op. If you haven't joined yet then thanks for the first two things and we're looking forward to having you as a member soon. The Board of Directors of the Co-op takes its responsibility as the stewards of your member equity very seriously and to that end seeks to be as open and transparent as possible about all the work being done on behalf of the members to open a store. One of the ways the Co-op does this is by sharing the reports they receive each month from the various committees. These reports offer a concise and informative insider view of the various projects and goals being pursued by the Bookkeeping, Membership, Programs and Events, Marketing and Communications, Legal, Real Estate, Leadership, Business Outreach, Grants, IT, Speakers Bureau and Operations committees. Click this link to view or download a PDF of the April committee reports. If you have any questions, feel free to post them as a comment to this blog post OR email [email protected] What's another way to get all the latest news about the Co-op? Come to our May general membership meeting on Sunday, May 19. (Details here.) Whether you're a member or not, you are welcome to the meeting so you can find out as much you want to know about our efforts to date and take part in (if a member) or witness (if not) the process of voting for our board members.
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Sarah's Garden: Outside!

Finally the weather is warm and soon I'll be putting all these guys outside: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375"]photo.JPG black krims peeking out the window[/caption] In their soon-to-be new home! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375"]IMG_0765.jpeg better than a bathtub![/caption] Ten feet long by three feet wide means space for lots of veggies and soon there will be a trellis on the wall for giganto-bean, cucumbers and tomatoes.  Exciting!  But there are lots of other things coming back out too, like a little ginkgo: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375"]photo.JPG hi friendly ginkgo[/caption] That little thing spent the winter looking like a stick stuck in the ground but I figured if these trees have been around since the dinosaurs they must be pretty tough.  Same (except for the dinosaurs part) goes for the mint: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]photo.JPG mint[/caption] This mint has been planted and dug up and replanted so many times I've lost count.  But now they are in a big container so that my entire backyard doesn't turn into a mint forest. And some bulbs finally came out! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]photo.JPG a mix of lots of things containing blue squill, eranthis, crocuses and others I've forgotten[/caption] Winter Wolf's Bane: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]photo.JPG otherwise known as winter aconite or eranthis but obviously winter wolf's bane is the best name[/caption] The Winter Wolf's Bane even looks good after it's done flowering: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]photo.JPG little flower lions manes[/caption] And here is one little blue squill in the deceased bathtub (RIP): [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]photo.JPG pitiful?[/caption] I also have lots of blackberries, raspberries and strawberries but that "wing" of the yard is not done yet.  Soon!
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Sarah's Garden: Outside!

Finally the weather is warm and soon I'll be putting all these guys outside:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375"]
black krims peeking out the window[/caption]

In their soon-to-be new home!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375"]
better than a bathtub![/caption]

Ten feet long by three feet wide means space for lots of veggies and soon there will be a trellis on the wall for giganto-bean, cucumbers and tomatoes.  Exciting!  But there are lots of other things coming back out too, like a little ginkgo:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="375"]
hi friendly ginkgo[/caption]

That little thing spent the winter looking like a stick stuck in the ground but I figured if these trees have been around since the dinosaurs they must be pretty tough.  Same (except for the dinosaurs part) goes for the mint:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]
mint[/caption]

This mint has been planted and dug up and replanted so many times I've lost count.  But now they are in a big container so that my entire backyard doesn't turn into a mint forest.

And some bulbs finally came out!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]
a mix of lots of things containing blue squill, eranthis, crocuses and others I've forgotten[/caption]

Winter Wolf's Bane:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]
otherwise known as winter aconite or eranthis but obviously winter wolf's bane is the best name[/caption]

The Winter Wolf's Bane even looks good after it's done flowering:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]
little flower lions manes[/caption]

And here is one little blue squill in the deceased bathtub (RIP):

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"]
pitiful?[/caption]

I also have lots of blackberries, raspberries and strawberries but that "wing" of the yard is not done yet.  Soon!
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LoMo launching fundraising campaign for Philly's first public school rooftop farm

And they need your help! In partnership with South Philly High, LoMo has launched a fundraising campaign for a new SPHS campus master plan which would create what would be Philly's first public school rooftop farm, right in South Philly. With the plan to work with a local landscape architecture firm and expand to the roof, they'd be able to produce a massive amount of food for the neighborhood. Help fund this project here!
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LoMo launching fundraising campaign for Philly's first public school rooftop farm

And they need your help! In partnership with South Philly High, LoMo has launched a fundraising campaign for a new SPHS campus master plan which would create what would be Philly's first public school rooftop farm, right in South Philly. With the plan to work with a local landscape architecture firm and expand to the roof, they'd be able to produce a massive amount of food for the neighborhood. Help fund this project here!
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Mark Your Calendars for The Spring General Membership Meeting, 5-19-13 at 3:30pm

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The 2013 Spring General Membership meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. in the Community Room at PEP (Programs Employing People) located at 1200 South Broad Street (Broad & Federal Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19146. The agenda for the meeting can be found HERE. Apart from getting updates from the various committees (including real estate site selection!), elections for six board members will occur at the meeting. You can see the list of nominees and get other voting information HERE. Not able to make it to the meeting on May 19th? Fret not. You can vote by absentee ballot. Click HERE to download the ballot. Please note, however, that your ballot must be received in the mail by  5:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 to be counted. Send absentee ballots to: Election Committee South Philly Food Co-op PO Box 31506 Philadelphia, PA 19147. For those of you able to make it to the meeting, light refreshments will be made available. As always, there will be community spirit and friendliness to spare. Come on out on May 19th for a couple hours of community, updates, voting, and overall growth of the South Philly Food Co-op.
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Mark Your Calendars for The Spring General Membership Meeting, 5-19-13 at 3:30pm


The 2013 Spring General Membership meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. in the Community Room at PEP (Programs Employing People) located at 1200 South Broad Street (Broad & Federal Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19146.

The agenda for the meeting can be found HERE. Apart from getting updates from the various committees (including real estate site selection!), elections for six board members will occur at the meeting. You can see the list of nominees and get other voting information HERE.

Not able to make it to the meeting on May 19th? Fret not. You can vote by absentee ballot. Click HERE to download the ballot. Please note, however, that your ballot must be received in the mail by  5:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 to be counted. Send absentee ballots to:

Election Committee
South Philly Food Co-op
PO Box 31506
Philadelphia, PA 19147.

For those of you able to make it to the meeting, light refreshments will be made available. As always, there will be community spirit and friendliness to spare. Come on out on May 19th for a couple hours of community, updates, voting, and overall growth of the South Philly Food Co-op.
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It's time to CELEBRATE the end of a great campaign!


 

Celebrate the Co-op and the success of our 75 day membership drive that began February 15. Find out how many members we've gained (hint: it's more than our goal of 75) and meet fellow member-owners.

Admission of $7.50 goes to the Co-op's efforts to open our community-owned grocery store. You'll receive a wristband for drink specials from Fountain Porter, as well as a raffle ticket toward door prizes from many our great local businesses. Plus, you'll receive one additional FREE raffle ticket for each member you've referred during the 75 in 75 campaign!

Event: 75 in 75 Celebration
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 6-9pm
Location: Fountain Porter, 1601 S. 10th Street at Tasker
Cost: $7.50 to be collected at the door (No RSVP required but feel free to let everyone know you're going by joining the event on Facebook.)
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It's time to CELEBRATE the end of a great campaign!

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  Celebrate the Co-op and the success of our 75 day membership drive that began February 15. Find out how many members we've gained (hint: it's more than our goal of 75) and meet fellow member-owners. Admission of $7.50 goes to the Co-op's efforts to open our community-owned grocery store. You'll receive a wristband for drink specials from Fountain Porter, as well as a raffle ticket toward door prizes from many our great local businesses. Plus, you'll receive one additional FREE raffle ticket for each member you've referred during the 75 in 75 campaign! Event: 75 in 75 Celebration Date: Tuesday, April 30, 6-9pm Location: Fountain Porter, 1601 S. 10th Street at Tasker Cost: $7.50 to be collected at the door (No RSVP required but feel free to let everyone know you're going by joining the event on Facebook.)
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