Friday, August 14, 2009

August 14 - News From Indy Food Co-op

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for Indy Food Co-op and a great deal of progress is being made towards opening our doors in late October. As you know, a couple of weeks ago, we signed a lease at the location we presented to you at the first member meeting -- so, 2828 East 10th Street is our new home for Pogue's Run Grocer (a name you chose at our kick-off meeting). Then, last Saturday, after a few words to the press along with important supporters like East 10th Civic Association and the Super Bowl 2012 Legacy Committee, it was you, the members and supporters, that helped us take down the walls as we began transforming this 70-year old building into new hope for healthy, local food in Indianapolis. In fact about 35 of you helped with deconstruction and clean-up, and several more of you stopped by with food for the volunteers, as did a local favorite, YATS!

In other words, we couldn't have done all this without you! Our community-owned grocery store is becoming a reality because of YOU!

Over the coming weeks, we'll be calling on you again and again. Where you can help, it will make a difference.
  • Help us reach 300 Member households by store opening by spreading the word about Indy Food Co-op!
  • Commit to spend your first grocery dollar each week with the Indy Food Co-op!
  • Volunteer to staff a booth at an upcoming event!
  • Volunteer to paint, built, stock, clean and help us get this store open!!!!
And, now, more news you can use.....

Indy Food Co-op is seeking talented, creative artist to volunteer to create conceptual designs for our exterior mural. Designs will be narrowed by the IFC board with the final two designs coming to the IFC membership for a vote! Mural concepts should scream "food" as it is intended to be a major attention grabber for the store for those traveling briskly down 10th Street. The chosen designer will oversee the painting of the mural using volunteer assistance by willing co-op members. Conceptual designs must be submitted electronically in PDF not to exceed 8 MB by September 18, 2009, to

Indy Food Co-op Board of Directors added Renee Sweany in June 2009. Many of you likely know Renee from the farmer's markets around town. Renee works on two projects right down the IFC alley: GreenPiece Indy e-newsletter ( and Green Savings Indy coupon book ( Renee has jumped right in and is serving on the Marketing and Operations Committees.

August 15, 1:00 - 3:00, Indianapolis Vegetarian Society dinner at Chef's Academy, Savor the Summer Garden. For info, visit:

August 22 (morning) - Painting/Workday at Pogue's Run Grocer. More details soon!

September 15, 6;30 - 8:00 - Member Loan Kick-off at the Pogue's Run Grocer site. Details soon by e-mail and by mail.

September 28, two fascinating lectures by Lisa Heldke, Department of Philosophy, Gustavus Adophus College, brought to you by Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, and American Studies Program of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and by the IUPUI 40th Anniversary Speakers Fund along with Indy Food Co-op, Indy Winter Farmers Market, Slow Food Indy and Indy Tilth/Urban Farming Forum

  • CULTIVATING COSMIC PATRIOTISM BY CULTIVATING COSMOS: URBAN GARDENING AND THE CREATION OF COMMUNITY -- Open discussion: 3:00 PM-4:15 PM, IUPUI, Campus Center (CE) 309, 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis
  • STAYING HOME FOR DINNER: RUMINATIONS ON LOCAL FOODS IN A COSMOPOLITAN SOCIETY -- Local Food Reception: 6:00 PM; Lecture: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Lilly Auditorium, On lower level of IUPUI University Library, 755 W Michigan St., Indianapolis
- Free Parking available at the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. with validation
- Space is limited for both events. Please R.S.V.P at
- For complete details, visit:

Can you spare a few hours to help us staff a booth for a shift at one of these upcoming events? If so, please let us know!
  • August 29, Feast of Lanterns, a Near East Side Community Organization event, noon - dark, Spades Park
  • September 8, IUPUI Green Business Fair, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., IUPUI Campus
  • September 12, Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Block Party, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • October 17, Cottage Home Block Party, 5:00 - 11:00 p.m., Cottage Home Neighborhood
  • East 10th Street Civic Association for all their financial and other support;
  • HAUS, The Architecture Studio ( for so much incredible probono design work on our building;
  • Our new website volunteer, Renee Sweany;
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for their financial support;
  • All those who attended FOOD, INC. with Indy Food Co-op to better understand why we are working so hard to provide an alternative; and
  • All the members of Indy Food Co-op who are making this project happen!
Keep up on Indy Food Co-op progress by visiting and



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