Arroyo Food Co-op launches speaker series

The Arroyo Food Co-op is making fast progress: the pre-order program is up and running, and this Saturday the member-owned organization will launch a speaker series.

The pre-order program helps the co-op generate income while it explores options for funding a full-scale grocery store. The online store carries grocery items from bulk grains and beans to beverages as well as household and personal care items such as shampoos, moisturizers and household cleaning products. It is expanding its selection weekly.

Consumers need to be members to shop at the co-op, but anyone can join anytime. Online ordering is possible 24x7. Pre-ordered items can be picked up at the store on Tuesday evenings and on Saturday mornings.

Meanwhile, the co-op has also initiated a Saturday morning speaker series. The program begins this week with a presentation by permaculture landscape designer Sylvia Holmes. The driving force behind the Free Food Garden in front of the co-op on Wilson, Holmes will talk about the project. Over the past few months, she and her helpers have turned a strip of boring, water-guzzling grass into a landscaped space with fruit trees and drought tolerant plants. The Free Food Garden is a collaboration between the co-op and Transition Pasadena.

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What: Urban Agriculture, Permaculture and Placemaking (a presentation by permaculture landscape designer Sylvia Holmes)
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Where: 494 N. Wilson Ave, Pasadena