I didn't cook tonight. Instead, I ate leftover spaghetti and headed over to the South Philly Food Co-op's Spring Community Forum.
It was a great event and an awesome crowd. I felt inspired just looking out over a room of people who are truly concerned about where their food comes from, and who want to work with their neighbors to improve what's available. And as they pointed out tonight, there is much more to it than a place to buy produce and grains. The Co-op is (will be) about coming together as a neighborhood (or as several neighborhoods) and sharing ideas and educating each other, and so much more.
I was involved in the Co-op's earliest days, but life got in the way... it's really amazing to look back after being out of the loop for six months and seeing all that they've accomplished, most clearly, the enthusiasm in the room.
I can't wait for the doors to open, but we're still a while away from that. I hope to get a bit more involved than I have been (I've absolutely not been involved) in the coming months. You should check out their website and see what they've been up to. Here's their Facebook. They're a great group of people with an important goal.
Email me if you're a member of a food co-op or otherwise want to discuss.