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Denver, CO: Nourish Community Market
March 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
Nourish Community Market
Curious about food co-ops? The film “Food For Change” illuminates food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change as part of the growing sharing economy. A panel discussion on food co-ops in your community directly follows, including representatives from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. and Nourish Community Market. Nourish Community Market members will be on hand to answer questions about this start-up food co-op opening soon.
On March 9, 2011, Amanda Allshouse, Melissa Thompson, Sophia Briegleb, and Ricki Kelly sat around a table in Etai’s Café to discuss strategies to bring a grocer to the Northeast Denver metro area. As early as 2009, community members sought to recruit a natural grocer to the Eastbridge Town Center (MLK Blvd and Geneva Ct.) site that continues to sit vacant since its original scheduled opening in 2007 (although King Soopers is planning to move in soon). Members of the community reached out to every natural grocer in the state, including Alfalfas, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Lucky’s Market, Tony’s and Sprouts. However, none of these grocers expressed interest in the site due to the demographics and the number of rooftops in the 3 miles surrounding the site. It was on this day in 2011 that Amanda wondered whether a food co-op would be viable in this area of town. Almost on cue, Melissa Thompson slapped a 30-page concept plan for a food co-op with an emphatic “fwap!”…
Our big goals for the year ahead are to finally reach that elusive 1,000 member-owner mark and begin our capital campaign. We hope to raise up to $1.5 million from our member-owners which will enable us to break ground on our new development project and begin laying the bricks of our foundation… quite literally