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Meet a Committee Member: Anna Shipp (aka Reason #6 to do Garden Tour)

Editor's Note: Anna has also been instrumental in organizing the South Philly Garden Tour. Through her efforts and the hard work of many others, the tour is up to 20 different gardens and is on track to be a great event and a unique experience. So for that, Anna becomes Reason #6 to do the South Philly Garden Tour... a lot of great, talented people have put in a lot of time to make this happen so you know it's going to be a good time. Click here for more info and a link to buy your tickets online. On which committee do you serve? Outreach What do you do for a living? I am currently the Volunteer and Internship Coordinator at WHYY, but will soon be a full time graduate student at UPenn focusing on urban greening efforts and non-profit management. How did you get involved with the food co-op? I heard about the effort through a few different grape vines, and was just thrilled to pieces.  I immediately wanted to contribute my time and knowledge to help in making the co-op a reality. Why do you want a food co-op in South Philly? I've been a co-op member in various places I've lived and have loved the whole experience - the food options as well as the people. Although Philadelphia as a whole is not devoid of co-ops, South Philly is definitely lacking. When I imagine South Philly having the stronger community that a co-op brings, as well as the local and organically grown produce and other products that it will stock, I get happy. Why should people join a food co-op? It's an investment in the overall health and vibrancy of our community and supports the local economy; with that, it combines two of my favorite things!  Food and people. What is your favorite meal to cook and why? Its summer time so beets and greens! Beets and greens! Beet and rainbow chard lasagne (smash up some sweet potatoes into that ricotta!) Also, less of a meal and more of a side but delicious all the same: Roasted Beet (red, golden and candy-striped beets) and herbed goat cheese tart). Holy delicious!