Dallas-Fort Worth VegNet Co-op: Organic produce co-op for DFW area.

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DFW Produce Co-operative Buying




Local, Certified Organic Produce:
 
Buy what you want; pay farmer directly

 

Saturday, June 18, 2011 only

If you are still looking for a sustainable food situation, or want to change the one you have, please join us for this brief tour and talk on June 18, 2011. 

Sat, Jun 18 - Tour Coppell Farmers' Market, buy some farm goodies,  and hear John of Comeback Creek Farm on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Meet at the pavilion in the front of the market between 8:30 and 8:45 am, stopping to buy a breakfast muffin if you like. About 9:15 or so, John will speak to us about CSAs in general, how he became a farmer, and his CSA in particular. We will be at the market about an hour. It opens at 8 am if you want a head start. Coppell Farmers' Market is located in Old Town Coppell at 455 Bethel Rd by South Coppell Road, easily accessible from 121 (take Bass Pro exit) and from LBJ Fwy (take Beltline exit). 

More information here. An RSVP so we will look for you would be nice here

Following is NO LONGER ACTIVE. Please try a CSA for same results

Local, Certified Organic Produce 
Buy what you want; pay farmer directly

Produce cooperative buying for the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. If you are interested, please read description, then fill-in the form below.

There is no additional charge for this buying club. Simplicity is the order of the day.

1. Form a group in your community, neighborhood, or workplace of 3 to 6 families. Your own co-op or buying club so to speak.

2. Have everyone understand they will take a turn driving. Work out your own driving schedule within your group. There may be someone you want to include who can not take a turn. Be aware that someone must drive, though, as there is no delivery service. Also be aware that no one needs a van or truck to do this. Even a small car is fine.

3.  Decide on a contact person. The contact person fills out the form below to start, choosing "Contact Person for My Group."

4. Each Monday morning, I will send an email newsletter to the contact person with a list of the certified organic produce that SHOULD be available the following Saturday. Should be available? Understand that farming is full of surprises like rain, no rain, hail, unexpected cool or hot weather, etc.  that can change expected produce supply.

5. The contact person lets you know what is available. You tell him/her what you want to buy on the following Saturday--no later than Wednesday morning. Handle payment then or after you get the produce; payment to the driver is the decision of each individual group and each individual group handles payment.

 

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6. On Wednesday, or Thursday morning at the latest, group leader compiles group's order and calls it in directly to the farmer.

7. EARLY Saturday morning, someone in your group drives to the farmers' market in Coppell or Grapevine (or both--they are not far apart) to pick up the produce and pays the farmer directly. The markets usually open at 8 am.

8. The driver takes the produce to his/her home, sorts it out, and each person picks up their produce on Saturday afternoon--or--there is a group delivery time such as church the next day or work on Monday morning. Delivery at a later date means that week's driver must use refrigeration or ice chests to keep the produce cold.

9. Farm fresh produce will normally last two weeks (or more) so there is no need for a group to drive more often than every two weeks. This means with four people in your group, each person will only drive 4-5 times in a 7 month growing season. Get six people and you will cut it driving times down to 2-3 times in the entire growing season. More than 6 families becomes a hassle, though, plus the amount of food ordered may be too much for a small car.

10. You buy only what you want, pay the farmer directly, and don't pay any processing or middle-man fees.

11. A few local farmers are supported.

12. This will not take the place of a trip to the grocery store. It will give you farm-fresh, local, certified organic produce in season and the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting your family's health and the health of our planet..

There are two farmers who are certified and will participate in this. That should take care of many, many families. If you know of certified farmers who come into the metroplex every or every other week-end or who are willing to come into the metroplex that often, even if they come in for farmer' markets, please let me know at metro 972 988-8687, ext 3104, Please include your own contact information and contact information for the farmer.

Why certified? Some farmers do grow produce organically who do not go through the certification process. Some say they grow produce organically who are not telling the truth. We don't have a reliable way to check farmers so we will stick with those who are USDA certified organic.

What if I want to form a group but don't know people who want to participate? Fill out the form below choosing "Will Organize a Group."  We will let people know who are looking for a group to join.

What if I want to participate but can't or won't form a group? Maybe we can help you get in a group. We will try. Fill out the form below, choosing "Please Find Me a Group." If a group forms in your area, we will let you know.

What if we don't want to drive so far to pick up produce? At this time, we don't know of certified organic farmers at other markets. However, Coppell and Grapevine are central to the metroplex, you will not have to drive often, and the highway system coming into the area is superb as "all roads lead to DFW Airport." 

Call metro 972 601-9032, ext 3104 for information. Please leave name and number or better yet, fill in the form below.

 

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Calendar: Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex
Veggie, Earth, Animal, Green & Related Events

November 20-December 15, 2011

This calendar covers an extended period of time. Changes happen. If we are informed of changes, they will be posted here and designated Changed. But we don't always get notified so please email me or call number listed before driving to an event. We also add events as we hear of them. Look for NEW.

Sun, Nov 20 - All-vegan, all-you-can-eat buffet from 12 noon until 2 pm. New Start Veg, (972 243-0507) 2330 Royal Lane, ste 900, Dallas 75229. Just west of I-35 on the south side of Royal. Call host for info:  James Bisby 469-371-1938

 

Sun, Nov 20 -  Dallas Trekkers group walks at White Rock Lake at 8 m. Meet at Doctors Hospital, 9330 Poppy Drive, Dallas.  972-489-3072 for more information. Small charge.

 

Sun, Nov 20 - Transition Dallas Hub potluck and meeting in Carrollton. Discuss Transition Town Initiative goals of localizing food production. lowering our carbon footprint, and building community. RSVP to highclassmusic@yahoo.com for location. 6 pm, bring dish to share.

 

Sun, Nov 20 - Dr. Melanie Joy will speak at 7 pm at First Unitarian Church, 4015 Normandy Avenue, (Preston Rd at St Andrews) Room Room #305, Dallas, 75205. Dr. Joy is the author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Dr. Joy says how, although unjust ideologies (racism, sexism, ableism, carnism, etc.) all are unique, the mentality that enables such interlocking systems is strikingly similar. When unnoticed, these ideologies can cause us to act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others. Free


Mon, Nov 21 - The Dallas Chapter of Native Plant Society meets. Social time begins at 6:30 with refreshments at the back. A speaker is scheduled at 7:30 pm. REI store, located on the north side of LBJ between Midway and Welch. Take the stairs to the second floor and turn left to find the meeting rooms. Free

 

Tue, Nov 22 - North Texas River Runners Club meet at 7 pm at the Lake Arlington Meeting Room, Richard Simpson Park, 6300 West Arkansas Lane, Arlington. NTRR, P.O. Box 171522, Arlington, TX 76003

 

NEW Thu, Nov 24 - Gentle Thanksgiving Veg'n Buffet at 1 pm at
Madras Pavilion, 101 S Coit #359, Richardson, 75080. PLEASE RSVP to Terry if you are coming so we will have a large enough table for all at 817 443-2553 or gentle@dfwnetmall.com  Madras Pavilion is having a special vegetarian buffet and several vegan choices are available. You will pay for your own food and beverage. Good veg'n, animal, and earth-friendly camaraderie is free for all!

 

Happy Thanksgiving 

Sat, Nov 26 Vegan Potluck, Come share vegan recipes, good vegan food, and good veg company on the 4th Saturday of each month at 5:00 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 901 Page Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76110. Contact Russell at relleven@gmail.com for more information.

Thu, Dec 1 - North Texas chapter of Native Plant Society meets at 7 pm at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, located off University Drive west of downtown at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard. From Interstate 30, exit north on University Drive; the Botanic Garden begins on the west side of the street. Free

Sat, Dec 3 - Fort Worth Vegetarian Society monthly dinner at Spiral Diner, 6:30 pm. 1314 W Magnolia at 6th, Fort Worth. No reservation necessary; look for FWVS sign. Event is free except for cost of your food and beverage.

Sat, Dec 3 - SPCA of Texas’ Pet Grief recovery program for those grieving the loss of a beloved companion animal. Meet at 1 pm at the conference room at SPCA of Texas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas. Free.

Sun, Dec 4- Sustainable Sunday: Vegan Buffet every first Sunday at Papaya Garden, 1201 W. Airport Frwy #100, 817 684-9378, Euless on the corner of Airport Fwy (Hwy 183) and Industrial from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Fort Worth Vegetarian Society has a table if you want to ask for them at door.

Mon, Dec 5 - Fort Worth Bicycling Association meeting at 7 pm at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX, Building #2, room 2-100. Park in lot A and enter the lower level. Look for the yellow FWBA signs. Free

Tue, Dec 6 - Sustainable East Dinner at 7 pm to socialize, get-acquainted, and plan an abundant future for the eastern area of DFW which is energy-lean, time-rich, less stressful, healthier and happier.  Come meet some new people and get involved in this Transition Initiative to build a resilient local economy for a bioregion that is from the towns around Lake Ray Hubbard to the area around Lake Tawakoni and from I-30 to I-20, give or take a few miles. For those who are interested in general sustainability in their own community. Networking and documentaries, of course, but also talks about organic gardening, Permaculture, green building/remodeling, homesteading skills plus invitations to public officials to make our communities more sustainable. Koung's Thai Restaurant, vegetarian and vegan options available here at 2006 S Goliad St, Ste 218, Rockwall on the corner of I-30 and SH 205 (Goliad St). Please RSVP to Terry at 972 251-1532 or gentle@dfwnetmall.com

Thu, Dec 8 - Fort Worth Audubon Society meets 7:30 pm, Research and Education (RES) Bldg, Everett Hall, Room 100, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (formerly Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) at 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard at Montgomery, Fort Worth.

Sat, Dec 10 - Black Vegetarian Society of Texas food preparation class will be at 11:30 am, at the Nash-Davis Recreation Center, 3710 N. Hampton Rd, West Dallas (214.670.6194). We eat what we prepare. The cost is just $10 for BVSTX members and $15 for BVSTX friends. Fees for the class may be mailed to: BVST, P O Box 116950, Carrollton, TX 75011-6950

Sat, Dec 10 - Bird and nature walk on interpretive wetlands trail at Texas Fisheries Center, 5550 F.M. 2495, Athens, 75752. Entry fees apply. 903 676-2277.

Sat, Dec 10 - White Rock Lake Cleanup. Walk and talk while helping to pick up trash and recyclables at White Rock Lake Park. Meet from 8 am - 9 am at the Love of the Lake office, 1152 N Buckner Blvd, #123, Dallas, on the Northeast corner of Garland Rd. and Buckner Blvd for a free continental breakfast that includes free juice, coffee, other goodies. Gloves, trash bags, etc. provided. There are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy. Clean-up finished by 11 am.

Sat, Dec 10 - Guided Trinity River Expedition via canoe. In addition to seeing the beauty (and sometimes the lack of same) of the river, veteran canoe guide Charles Allen will point out American Indian sites and other historical artifacts as you paddle. From 8:30 am until mid-afternoon. $45 payable when reservation made. Trips are rain or shine. Other details by calling 214-941-1757. Although trips may change because of local boating conditions, scheduled trip is for West Fork, Hwy. 157 to Hwy. 360, 7 miles, River Legacy park, proximity of Bird's Fort site, Woodbine sandstone, seldom paddled, difficult access.

Sat, Dec 10 - Holiday Market from 9 am - 3 pm. White Rock Local Market 702 N. Buckner Blvd, at the corner of Northcliff Dr. in Dallas.

Wed, Dec 14 - Free Attorneys from 5:30 pm to 8 pm by the Dallas Bar at 214 220-7476. Lawyers answer any kind of legal question. You remain anonymous.

Wed, Dec14 - Arlington Conservation Council meets at 7 pm, Fielder Museum,1616 W. Abram St at Fielder, Arlington.

Thu, Dec 15 - Audubon Dallas meets at 7 pm at Trinity River Audubon Center..Trinity River Audubon Center' (TRAC), 6500 South Loop 12, Dallas, 75217. 214 398-8722. Free.

Thu, Dec15 - Trinity River Audubon Center's (TRAC) free day. Take a hike, listen for frogs, watch the river roll by, enjoy the LEEDs building.. Free all day. all day and evening at 6500 South Loop 12, Dallas, TX 75217. TRAC is an amazing place.

Sat, Dec 24 - Vegan potluck from 5-7 pm at Westside UU Church, 901 Page Av, Fort Worth, 76110. Free and open to all. Bring a vegan dish to share.

Remember that we make additions and sometimes changes or deletions to the calendar all month. Check back and find changes/additions here: http://cyberparent.com/dfw/index.htm 

Have an event related to the planet, outdoors, veg food, animals, local food, sustainability, or green building/remodeling? Please fill out our form here.


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