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Celebrate Co-op Month at the Urban Greens Fall Fiesta!
Last year the United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives and every year in October, cooperatives across the world celebrate co-op month. To commemorate both the year of co-ops and co-op month, Urban Greens decided to throw a party! Join us as we celebrate Rhode Island's bountiful harvest with a night of local food prepared by some of Providence's favorite chefs, a cash bar of craft beer and spirits, a silent auction filled with local services and getaways, and ending with music from exciting Providence artists. All this will happen at one of the city's most creative spaces, AS220, on Sunday, October 21st beginning at 5:30pm.
Tickets are $25 per person and children under 13 are free. Urban Greens members and those who join at the event will receive a $5 discount on the price of their ticket! Tickets will be available at the door, but if you buy a ticket online before Friday, October 19th, you'll receive a FREE drink ticket!
With chefs represented from AS220 Foo(d), Broadway Bistro, Flan y Ajo, Julians, Local 121, Loie Fuller's, My Chef Lara, and North, the night is sure to be a delicious one!
At 9pm the AS220 concert hall will be filled with music from the Double Decker Dance Band, Gertrude Atherton, Big Al & members of The Tower & The Fool, Tyler James of the Silks, Us 'n Y'all, and Night Mode.
Tickets will get you into both the food and music portions of the night. If you'd like attend just the music portion of the night, tickets will be $8 at the door.
Urban Greens is excited to announce that we are hiring a full time Project Manager! The Hiring Team and Cooperative Council are currently evaluating applications submitted for this position. If you applied, you should hear from us soon.
Urban Greens hosts Djembe Drummer Sidy Maiga, Yarmulkazi Klezmer Band, and magician Marvelous Marvin at the Armory Farmers Market!
On Thursday, September 20, we’ll be hosting a potluck picnic at the Armory Farmers Market in Dexter Park on Parade St, from 4pm-7pm. Performers will include Djembe Drummer Sidy Maiga, the Yarmulkazi Klezmer Band, and magician Marvelous Marvin! We’ll also have, Refreshments, and fun family activities! Stop by and bring a snack, and learn about Urban Greens Food Co-op!
Sidy Maiga is a renowned West African Djembe drummer, whose performing is a hit with kids and adults—be prepared to dance! Sidy is the recipient of a MacColl Johnson Music Fellowship and the RI State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Fellowship, and teaches and performs all around the region—he will be performing Thursday with a few members of his band. More information on Sidy Maiga is available at: http://www.sidymaiga.com
Yarmulkazi is Brown University's Premier Klezmer Band! For thirteen years, Yarmulkazi has performed both original and traditional songs, keeping klezmer - the traditional folk music of the Jews of Eastern Europe - alive and hip.
Marvelous Marvin has been performing children's theater for over 25 years. Using circus arts, magic tricks, stupendous visuals and a unique rhyming text, Marvin educates and entertains audiences ranging from K-8th grade. He’ll be performing magic tricks throughout the picnic!
Urban Greens is planning for a new Market Study:
We were recently awarded a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation for the cost of conducting a market study. This is very exciting because completing a market study is a necessary step to determine the feasibility of potential locations. We’re currently finalizing a list of locations to include in the market study, and are excited about the locations we’re focused on, but we’re still open to new suggestions, so don’t hesitate to email if you know of a site that might work!
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.
Urban Greens Food Co-op won’t be just another grocery store! It will be a community directed market that will bring fresh, healthy and locally produced foods of the highest quality to our city and state.
Similar to an indoor farmers’ market, our Co-op will make local produce, dairy, poultry, seafood and meat accessible year-round. This will support the sustainability of our farmers and local economy, as well as the health of our community.
Urban Greens Food Co-op is committed to being a resource and empowering people to eat well and live well.
Become a member today! Member owners all own equity shares of the future store. The equity funds pooled from member’s fees are the seed money for the retail grocery store.