Your Vote is Your Voice!
The Weavers Way Board of Directors election is now underway. This is an opportunity for our owners to have a say about the direction our Co-op takes. Take part in this important member benefit! Vote online or in the stores. Voting ends on Sunday, May 19 6:30 at our General Membership Meeting. (To vote online, log in to the Member Center or look for an email message with a voting link for your household).
An Evening in the Rose Garden
Spend a fragrant evening in America's oldest rose garden as Wyck House and Weavers Way host "An Evening in the Rose Garden" on Wednesday, May 29 from 5 to 8pm. Wyck's horticulturist, Elizabeth Belk and Bob McKee, Outreach Coordinator, will lead tours of the house and garden. Weavers Way will provide hors d'oeuvres and adult spritzers. We invite you to meet your neighbors on a lovely spring evening. Rain date TBD. Tickets are $20 per person.
Henry Got Crops! CSA
We are accepting new shares for the 2013 season. Shares will be filled on a first come-first serve basis! Become a shareholder and support Henry Got Crops! in 2013.
New this year, we are also offering a Standing Order of Store Products, delivered to Saul. CSA shareholders and Co-op members can sign up for a weekly delivery of popular co-op items and pick them up during the vegetable CSA pick-up times at Henry Got Crops, Tuesdays 2-7pm or Fridays 2-6pm. These subscriptions will run for the same 24 weeks as the vegetable CSA, from late May to the end of October. Subscribing to these products helps support the farm, as they will serve as an additional income stream for the farm department. You can place your orders on the Online Member Center Homepage.
For more information please email Weavers Way’s Local Buyer, Stephanie Kane, at
Phillies Game to Support WWCP
In a partnership between the Phillies and Weavers Way Community Programs, you can attend the Phillies game on Wednesday, September 4, at 7:05 PM, when they take on the Washington Nationals. Not only will you receive discounted pricing (just $22 per seat!), but $4 from each ticket will be donated to WWCP. Seats are located in section 419. Save the Date and Get your tickets now!
The Co-op's Co-op
Weavers Way is a member of the National Co-operative Grocers Association, itself a co-op owned by more than 125 co-ops throughout the country. One of the things NCGA does for us is advocacy work, and one issue the NCGA is helping its members tackle is the regulation of genetically modified food. Here's a letter from NCGA chairwoman Robynn Shrader to NCGA vendors, explaining why they should support GMO labeling. Questions or comments? Call (215-843-2350) or email me.
Pet Food Recall Expanded
Natura has expanded its recall of California Natural, Innova and Evo dry pet food to include any product with an expiration date up to March 24, 2014. The recall has also been expanded to include certain Evo cat treats.
Weavers Way will refund any pet food affected by the recall. Please come to the Pet Store (with your bag or receipt if you still have it).
The recall was initiated after Salmonella was detected in several samples of Natura-made dry food. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or vomiting, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but they also may show no symptoms. They can infect other animals or humans, so you should discard any pet food affected by the recall.
Effort to Bring GMO Labeling to Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is one of dozens of states now working on statewide initiatives and legislation that would require labeling of food containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). A new group called GMO-Free PA is working with Food and Water Watch and other groups to make such a labeling law a reality. There is still great uncertainty surrounding the risks of GMO foods, in large part because the research so far conducted has been inadequate in scope, duration, and independence, as the vast majority of the research available has been conducted or funded by the companies selling the GMO crops. These companies use their patent rights to limit independent research on their products. Visit GMO-Free PA on Facebook, and sign the Food and Water Watch petition demanding labeling of GMO foods in Pennsylvania.
Success for Urban Farm and Community Gardens!
The urban farming community has successfully prevented a bill that would have saddled community gardens and market farms with onerous fees and legal burdens.City Councilman Brian O’Neill has amended Bill 120917, restoring community gardens and market or community supported farms in areas zoned CMX-2 and 2.5 as a matter of right, as was originally allowed in the City’s new zoning code. This is an incredible victory for community gardens and farms, as well as the Philadelphia community as a whole. The Campaign for Healthier Foods and Greener Spaces, an affiliation of Philadelphia groups and organizations who organized to fight the changes, congratulates to everyone who contacted City Council about this issue. It worked!
The Campaign for Healthier Foods and Greener Spaces looks forward to working together to continue this momentum forward. For more information and updates on related issues,visit the campaign on Facebook or visit the Campaign's web page for some background on this issue, and updates on related issues.