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What is Urban Greens?

Post date: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 7:12pm

Urban Greens Food Co-op is a consumer-owned cooperative working to open a full-scale retail grocery store in Providence, RI.   The store will provide and promote healthy, affordable, sustainably-sourced, and local food options.


When you join Urban Greens Food Co-op, you become a vital part of a great Rhode Island project! We are building a  grocery store that is (and always will be) owned by its customers.  A consumer-owned cooperative grocery store is invested literally and figuratively in the physical, economic & social health of the people who shop at it.  Urban Greens will help meet the food needs of the surrounding community and will support  food producers and farms across Rhode Island.

As an owner, you can have a direct say in the store by expressing your specific food needs and values,  and you are empowered to help guide and build the store through active participation.  The voices, hands and hearts of our members will define what the Urban Greens store will be!

The reason it’s important to join NOW is that the sooner we reach our goal for founding members, the sooner our community store will open: as a cooperatively owned business, there is no single individual or private company launching things -- we need founding members (YOU!) to raise equity and be able to open the doors! 


Urban Greens on the Radio!

Post date: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 1:58pm

Urban Greens on GrowSmartRI’s weekly radio show Renewable Now!

Urban Greens Council Members were featured on Renewable Now to talk about how consumer food co-ops fit with smart development, and help support a local agricultural economy.

Listen Online!

Urban Greens is excited to be highlighted by Grow Smart Rhode Island - a nonprofit that advocates sustainable economic growth and talk about how a consumer food co-op will benefit Rhode Island!

Cabot Community Bike Tour Comes to Roger Williams Park!

Post date: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 2:08pm

Urban Greens to participate in Rhode Island: Local, Healthy and Cooperative.

Sunday, July 1st, 11am – 3pm at Roger Williams Park by the Temple of Music, join over 30 local organizations and co-ops to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives!  There will be groups from all over Rhode Island including Urban Greens, the Alternative Co-op from Wakefield, FarmFreshRI, Equal Exchange, Craftland, People’s Power and Light, Little City Growers, and many more!

  • Watch bees make honey, artists make jewelry, worms make compost and Cabot make cheese!
  • Enjoy the sounds of Music One, Newport Jazz, Burundi Drummers, and the Extraordinary Rendition Band!
  • Celebrate all the activities, talents and products that are so uniquely Rhode Island!  Activities are for every age and interest.

The 2012 Community Tour celebrates those who give their hearts, time and skills to strengthen communities. The two-month program kicked off on May 12th in Miami, Florida, and continues up the East Coast, closely following the route of the East Coast Greenway and culminating in Portland, Maine, on July 7th, the International Day of Cooperatives. The Community Tour coincides with the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives and is designed both to enable Cabot and its partners to promote the virtues of volunteerism—and to support the communities in which we live on a far greater scale.

WBNA 2012 Block Party!

Post date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 1:58pm

Join Urban Greens at the WBNA’s 3rd Annual WestSide Block Party

Saturday, June 30th, 12pm – 6pm on Harrison Street, join Urban Greens at the WBNA's 3rd Annual WestSide Block Party, hosted by the beautiful and talented MC, Miss Wensday!

$5 gets you a plate of food at the WBNA grill (burger, dog, sausage or veggie burger + a yummy side dish from Fertile Underground, Hudson Street Deli, Whole Foods, or the not-yet-opened Iris!)

Fancheezical, Poco Loco, PVD Pudding Pops and New Urban Farmers will be there too! And look out for the WBNA Bake Sale table!

There will also be live music, including Northern Lands, The Silks, Mark Cutler, Milo & Otis (and spoken word by Jamila Woods!), The Mighty Good Boys, Caroline Hecht of tig & bean, Jon Hope & DJ Knockout, Mark McCall of Audio McSwagger, Daniel Rouvrais, the Extraordinary Rendition Band, Community Music Works Student String Quartet, and more!

DIY screen printing sponsored by RiverzEdge, awesome 50ft car track by POW! Science! All your favorite block party games including egg toss and frozen t-shirt contest, face painting, yoga, a doggie rest stop, sidewalk chalk drawing, and a dunk tank!

Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids!

Post date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:58pm

Urban Greens collaborates with KidsFirstRI and Jamie Oliver Foundation to promote healthy food in schools!

Tuesday, May 22, Urban Greens organized a food nutrition demonstration at Edward S. Rhodes School in Cranston, to help teach kids about healthy food options! Chefs from KidsFirstRI lead a demo for the kids, and we sent home handouts for parents with a simple recipe and some questions to help us determine community needs.

All the kids had lots of fun, and got stickers for trying vegetables like asparagus, kale, and radishes in a mixed vegetable pasta salad!