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April Showers Bring Garden Raffles
Help Build Memberships and Help your Garden Grow!
April brings the promise of Spring and we are offering weekly raffles this month to support your garden and local farms.
We are very excited to offer a Half Share of Scratch Farm’s 10 week 2013 CSA. That’s an entire season of fresh local veggies for 1 or 2 people from a wonderful small farm in Cranston, RI. FYI- the value of the CSA is double the cost of an Urban Greens Full Member Share, so now is a really really really great time to join Urban Greens!
The value of April Raffles = $810.00
Start with the Soil!
April 8th -- Kelly Burke certified organic lawn specialist, full evaluation on your yard including soil sampling and organic consultation. $250 value. FYI= Kelly Burke will be on hand at the CrossFit Providence Potluck this Saturday April 6th @ 1 PM to answer questions about his organic lawn services. [Enter by 11:59 4/8/2013]
Build with the proper tools!
April 15th --Cluck! - $50.00 gift certificate, Urban Farm Supply Store, providing affordable, quality supplies for food growers and chicken and bee keepers on Providence’s Westside. [Enter by 11:59 4/15/2013]
Plant and Celebrate Earth Day with 2 Raffles!
April 22nd -- The Good Earth Organic Garden CenterRI's only Organic Gardening Center in Hope, RI $50.00 Gift Card
and Southside Community Land Trust Plant Sale$35.00 Gift Card
Plant Sale May 18 - 19th, hundreds of varieties of annuals, perennials, and fruit and vegetable plant starts are available for purchase. Most of the 18,000 plants were carefully cultivated through the late winter and early spring on-site by the City Farm team, including dozens of volunteers. Hundreds of other perennials and annuals are donated by generous local gardeners.[Enter by 11:59 4/22/2013]
Eat Fresh Chemical Free Veggies All Summer!
April 29th -- Scratch Farm, Half Share of the Scratch Farm Community Supported Agriculture [CSA]. The CSA season lasts twenty weeks, from June 10 through Oct. 21. Each week you will receive a generous portion of all that’s ripe and ready in the Scratch Farm fields. Half shares (for one or two people) are available for $250-$450. By using a sliding scale we hope to attract customers who otherwise would not be able to afford a share and may never be exposed to the delights of directly supporting a small farm. [Enter by 11:59 4/29/2013]
If your business would like to donate a good or service for a membership raffle please email Delia.
How To Enter:
Become a member. New members who sign-up and make their first installment payment or pay for their entire share between March 2013 until the end of our 500 Member Drive will be entered into the raffle.Join online or in person.
Make a payment on an existing membership. Any current member owners with an existing balance who make a payment of 40 dollars for a full share or 10 dollars for a low-income share between March 2013 until the end of our 500 Member Drive will be entered into the raffle. Scroll to the bottom ofthis page to make an installment payment
Refer a Friend. Any member who refers a friend to become a member between March 2013 until the end of our 500 Member Drive will be entered into the raffle.
Your name will be entered into the raffle for as many members that you refer.
How the Raffle Works:
Once you or your household are entered you remain eligible until you win a prize or the Urban Greens 500 Member Raffle ends. Which means if you sign up today you can be eligible for all of the drawings in April.
You can enter multiple times by referring more new members.
Any member who makes an installment payment gets entered in the raffle.
You have the right to refuse a prize, if so another name will be pulled from the raffle pool.
If you win you will be notified on email and we will publicize you as the winner.
New membership forms that are mailed must be received by the raffle deadline.
On Saturday, April 6 at 1pm, Urban Greens and Crossfit Providence will be hosting a community potluck at the Crossfit Gym, located at 425 Washington St in Providence. Come taste dishes made by community members and neighbors and meet other folks interested in healthy eating!
This is a great opportunity to learn about Urban Greens Food Co-op, and Check out Crossfit Providence. We’ll talk about how eating locally also means healthier products, and be there to answer any questions. There will be an open work with Crossfit Trainers before the potluck. Crossfit Games Open begins at 11am! Dodgeball around 12:30!
New members, and Current members eligible for prizes from local businesses!
Local businesses are showing their support for Urban Greens Food Co-op by donating gift certificates for raffles. Reaching 500 members will allow Urban Greens Food Co-op to have enough capital to leverage for the major financing of our Grocery store build out. We are very grateful for the generosity of the local business community. There are three ways to be entered into the raffle:
- Become a member. New members who sign-up and make their first installment payment or pay for their entire share between March 2013 until the end of our 500 Member Drive will be entered into the raffle. Join Online or in person.
- Make a payment on an existing membership. Any current member owners with an existing balance who make a payment of 40 dollars for a full share or 10 dollars for a low-income share between March 2013 until the end of our 500 Member Drive will be entered into the raffle. Scroll to the bottom of this page page to make an installment payment
- Refer a Friend. Any Member who refers a friend to become a member between March 2013 until the end of our 500 Member Drive will be entered into the raffle.
Come to our Spring Equinox Celebration on March 21 get in on the First Raffle Prizes!
A Tea Sampler pack from Farmacy Herbs. (25 dollar value)
A Raffle for a free massage from Westside Wellness. (75 dollar value)
Join now, and you'll stay entered in our future raffles until you win!
Here are some highlights of donated raffle items.
Farmstead - $100.00 Gift Card
Ryan Conaty Photographer –Portrait session appropriate for an engagement $325 value
Cluck! - $50.00 gift certificate
Ada Books $20.00 Gift Card
The Olive Tap $25 Gift Card
Farmacy Herbs Tea Sampler Pack $25 value.
Westside Wellness Body work Gift Certificate
The Good Earth Organic Garden Center $50 Gift Card
Yvette Koch Acupuncture session
White Electric $20.00 Gift Card
Kelly Burke certified organic lawn specialist, full evaluation on your yard including soli sampling and consultation.
Urban Greens Spring Equinox Celebration
Thursday March 21st 6PM 186 Carpenter street Providence, RI
Come celebrate the coming of spring, meet your neighbors, share some delicious food and learn about Urban Greens' plan to open a community owned grocery store in the West Side of Providence.
- Live Music by Farmers from Scratch Farm
- Food from Cabot Cheese, a New England Co-op.
- A Screening of a short talk by Ladonna Redmond, Chicago Food Activist about urban access to healthy food.
Plus Raffles for:
400 Members and counting! What a way to bring in the 2013!
This was a huge milestone for Urban Greens, and shows how important a food co-op is and how close we are to our goal of 500! Getting to 500 is well within our reach, and the key step in moving forward on the store.
We’re gaining momentum fast, and need to keep building our membership to get the co-op doors open. If you haven’t joined yet, or know someone who’s thinking about joining, now is the time!
Project Manager in full swing!
After a good bit of on-boarding, and orienting, Delia Kovac, who we introduced at the member meeting, is on board full time as the Urban Greens project manager!
With Delia’s exciting addition, Urban Greens Food Co-op makes a significant transition from being an entirely volunteer-run effort to having full-time paid staff. Urban Greens has gained incredible momentum in realizing its goal of establishing a financially sustainable, full-scale, neighborhood grocery store on the west side of Providence.
Delia’s office and the main Urban Greens office is located in the offices of West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, who have generously shared their office space. The address is 224 Dexter Street, Providence, RI 02907.
Please Note: The Urban Greens buying club will continue to operate out of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association.