The LAEV food co-op, also known as the Food Lobby, provides an opportunity for neighbors to co-op buy organic produce and organic bulk foods and selected other items. Located in the main building of the Los Angeles Eco-Village, near First Street and Vermont Avenue, members may order boxes of fresh produce on a weekly basis, stop in the Bulk Room to buy other foods during its limited open hours and/or order larger amounts of bulk foods monthly from Azure Standard, the wholesale distributor the Co-op currently uses. We have no pay-for-membership members; all our members are required to work a 1.5 to 2 hour shift once a month. More Food Lobby Specifics.
Official food lobby website: http://foodlobby.org/
We buy fresh produce in bulk from local organic farms (much of our produce is organically raised but not certified organic). Once a week on Sundays the food is delivered to the LA Eco-Village, and a few of our members (we rotate) get together to distribute the produce into individual boxes. The boxes are then made available for pickup anytime after 4 PM on Sunday.
Want to Join?
If you’ve checked out the info on this page, are ready to join in the veggie fun and need some help getting started, please email Brit at <email@example.com>.
Bulk Buy Info
We buy in bulk from Azure Standard every four weeks. Info about how to sign up for the order is on the grocery bulk buy page. We do not split orders, so if you only want a few items, you can buy them in the Bulk Room.
In March 2009, we started buying bulk foods such as grains, beans, nuts, and spices from Azure Standard as well as local farmers and producers. Members can purchase these products every Sunday 3:30 – 5:30 (or 3-4 & 5-6 before and after the monthly meeting). You need to make an investment to your fair share of the cost of buying inventory (suggested $10 – $100). Any money that you don’t use for co-op purchases can be refunded at any time. See a list of items currently available in the Bulk Room here.
The Food Lobby Bulk Room is currently open on Mondays from 6:15 to 7:15 PM. The Monday bulk room work shift list is Mondayworkers.
If you’re working in the bulk room and you need a review of some conversion math for getting between pounds and ounces, check out this web link about dimensional analysis
One definition of a Cooperative is one in which each member contributes equally to make the work get done. To be a part of this co-op, and to allow us to operate with such little overhead costs, each member needs to work one 1.5 – 2 hour shift every 4-5 weeks. For those who can’t work on Sundays, there are other shifts available during the week.
To view a list of various workshifts available, check out Workshift List.
If you are coordinating a Sunday Shift, look at the Food Coop Coordinator Instructions. Please also check out Additional Produce Box Workshift Instructions.
If you have a question about workshifts, please contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our primary mode of communication will be digital. We have connected an LAEV public computer for those who need web access, both for this project and others. Along with this web site, we have a mailing list to which members should subscribe. Request to join the google group “LAEV-food-coop” at google groups for more info.
We meet every THIRD Sunday at 4 pm in the courtyard or lobby in the main building at the L.A. Eco-Village (117 Bimini Pl, LA 90004). Here is the current Food Coop Meeting Agenda, please feel free to add any agenda items, signed with your name. To find notes from previous meetings or post new, notes please visit Food Coop Meeting Pages.
- LAEV Food Coop Recipes: people have started sharing recipes that use the produce we get collectively. Add your suggestions for cooking things or check out what others are doing with them.
Please leave use comments, suggestions, requests to donate time, space, or money, etc on the Food Coop Comments Page, or post to the listserv.
Annual Membership Survey
These are the results of the membership survey of 2009. 2009 Membership Survey