Monday, August 24, 2009

RSVP for Sept 28 Event with Lisa Heldke!

Join Indy Food Co-op for a special evening...

Lisa Heldke, Department of Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus College
Monday 28 September 2009

Ruminations on Local Foods in a Cosmopolitan Society

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, IN 46202 (Parking is available at the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. Bring your ticket to the event for a free validation stamp)

Reflecting on the decision to eat locally produced food suggests that ethical decisions cannot be cast as individual choices between two clear alternatives. When we seek morally unambiguous choices, we focus our ethical energies in the wrong place. The moral focus of our ethical decision-making should fall on building communities because the importance of any choice we make lies in the relationships that give our choices context. Food is an especially rich intersection of relations and so provides many opportunities to reflect, connect, and imagine more democratic communities. Recognizing these opportunities leads us to see ourselves not as food consumers but as food citizens who seek to enact and transform our relations not only through our purchasing and eating choices but also through our collective work in organizations that promote healthy, just, fair, safe, and delicious food systems for all people.

Space is limited for both events. Please R.S.V.P. to JRHODES4@INDY.RR.COM

Photos of the dedicated volunteers of Indy Food Co-op!

Workdays on August 8, 22 and 24 are captured here!

Indy Food Co-op Needs Helpers TONIGHT!

Last minute request to any Indy Food Co-op members/supporters who are available tonight! The co-op has received a GREAT DEAL on a lot of gently used shelving from CVS. The catch is that it has to be moved TONIGHT!

So, anyone who has some time tonight, please meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Pogues Run Grocer site, 2828 East 10th Street, to help unload shelving units.

Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated!!!!

Questions, call Josh Bowling at 496.2837.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Volunteers Sought for Sat, Aug 22 Painting Party

Indy Food Co-op seeks about 15 volunteers to help prime the interior walls of the new store! Please come out and join us for this important work day. When everyone give a little time, we get a lot done! If you plan to participate, please RSVP to:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Indy Food Co-op Joins Groups to Educate on Antibiotic Resistance

Hog Roast featuring Antibiotic Free Pork
Coalition supports federal legislation targeting misuse of antibiotics at industrial livestock operations

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A coalition of businesses, environmental organizations, advocacy groups and public health representatives teamed up at an Indianapolis hog roast to support for federal legislation that targets antibiotic misuse at industrial livestock operations. Approximately 70% of all antibiotics sold in this country are used on livestock – poultry, cattle and pork, especially at industrial livestock operations where conditions can be unsanitary, crowded and stressful.

The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) (H.R. 1549/S.619) would phase out the non-therapeutic use of human medicines as growth promoters on livestock, unless manufacturers can prove no danger to public health. The bill was introduced by Representative Louise Slaughter and Senators Ted Kennedy and Olympia Snowe, and Indiana Representative Andre Carson (D-Indianapolis) is one of the co-sponsors of the House bill.

“The routine use of antibiotics on animals that are not sick makes our human medicines less effective. PAMTA will help ensure that life-saving antibiotics remain effective in the treatment of human diseases,” said Jerry King, executive director of the Indiana Public Health Association.

Dr. Stephen J. Jay, M.D. agrees “Disease organisms can become resistant to antibiotics when exposed to low doses over time. Antibiotic resistant organisms such as MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphlycoccus aureus) can be life-threatening and very expensive to treat.”

Allen Hutchison of Randolph County farms next to a large dairy and says “I’m worried that my animals or my family members will become infected with antibiotic resistant disease organisms that may be very difficult and expensive to treat. We need legislation to protect us.”

Chris Eley, owner of Goose-the-Market, says “Selective consumers are also worried. We have built our business on the knowledge that consumers are interested in more wholesome foods.”

Renee Sweany, board member for the Indy Food Cooperative says “People have a growing concern about where their food comes from and its impact on their health and the environment. I'm proud to be a member of the Indy Food Co-op because it provides products without antibiotics and other chemicals in a very under-served community.”

Benton County farmer Joe Hiscox says “The increased risks and costs are unnecessary. Farmers can achieve high levels of productivity by raising animals under less crowded and less stressful conditions.”

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Indy Food Co-op on Inside Indiana Business

IFC's board president, Kyle Hendrix, speaks with Inside Indiana Business' Garry Dick this week. Check out the interview HERE:

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Volunteers Bring Down the Walls on Sat, Aug 8

A tremendous volunteer turnout this past Saturday (August 8) resulted in the Indy Food Co-op's first major workday to get the store open. More than 25 volunteers (most shown here in photo) came out to clear out the interior walls to make way for Indy's first non-profit, community-owned grocery, Pogue's Run Grocer!

More details about the news conference to follow, but check out this week's great coverage by our local press......

Indianapolis Business Journal
Indy Star
Channel 13

And look for more member-volunteer workdays to follow!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Are You Ready to Get This Co-op Open?

On Saturday, August 8, at 8:45 a.m., the Indy Food Co-op will begin the process of transforming our leased building into a community grocery store, and we need your help! We know that many of you have been anxiously awaiting this day, and now, finally, we are ready to take down walls and build up shelves, refrigerators and freezers of fresh, wholesome food for ourselves and our neighbors.

Please join us for an 8:45 a.m. news conference at 2828 East 10th Street, followed by a 9:00 a.m. tearing down of the interior walls. We'll work until 1:00 p.m. and then we are looking for volunteers who will bring dishes to feed the hard working volunteers.

So, if you are able to help with demolition, please e-mail Chris Barnett with the operations committee, to let him know what skills and tools you might be able to provide at (provide e-mail and phone number). Up to 20 volunteers can be utilized for this important event!

If you want to bring a pitch-in item to help feed volunteers that day, please contact and tell us what you plan to bring.

We hope that you are as excited as we are about building up Indianapolis' first storefront cooperative grocery and that you are ready to help us get the doors of Pogue's Run Grocer* open!!!!!!
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*p.s. Pogue's Run Grocer was the name chosen by our membership in November 2008! We are already hearing some great feedback about people's memories and the history of Pogue's Run and George Pogue in our near east side community. We hope you'll share your stories with us as well!