Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Announcing the Grand Opening of the New Garden Center!

We're excited to invite you to the Grand Opening of our New Garden Center!

Come celebrate our latest Expansion project on June 7th and 8th: The Grand Opening Celebration main events will begin in the early afternoon (1pm) on Saturday, and until the evening (7pm) will include live musical entertainment, refreshments, raffle with prizes, and plant-start giveaways.  

Help us get off to a great start! Take home a six pack of flowers with your $5 purchase at the Garden Center all weekend while supplies last.  Our organic starts are locally grown without any chemical fertilizers and pesticides. We have a wide selection of soil amendments, compost, canning supplies, chicken and bird feed, bird houses, hand tools.  Look forward to continued classes and demos to help you enhance your home grown food. 

On the Grand Opening Weekend, come talk with other garden enthusiasts, local vendors, staff members, and board members at this fun event! 

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In 2010 the Co-op purchased adjoining property of its two locations as part of its overall Expansion Plan.  After working with the City of Olympia, the Co-op obtained permits and began construction early this year on Westside Garden Center, the latest of the Co-op Expansion projects to come to fruition.    

The Co-op's Westside Garden Center will serve many functions.  The Garden Center will be a gathering space and resource staffed with experienced urban gardeners.  It will provide a dedicated retail area offering seeds, plant-starts, and general provisions for gardening and chicken-keeping.  The Garden Center also will offer food preservation supplies, and food processing tools to preserve the local bounty for the off season.  

The Garden Center will also serve as an additional classroom for the Co-op Community Classes, ( expanding our efforts to work with other local organizations in order to coordinate class offerings in the community.  Future plans include offering bee-keeping supplies, and working with the Produce department to bulk order fruits and vegetables from local farms.

Making good food accessible to more people for over 37 years.  Empowering our members and community towards sustainability in food production is part of the Olympia Food Co-op’s mission.

The Olympia Food Co-op is a member-based, not-for-profit, natural foods grocery store with two locations in Olympia, WA. The Olympia Food Co-op has provided healthy, organic and local food to the Olympia area since 1977, with an emphasis on promoting social and environmental responsibility. The stores are collectively managed and largely supported by the contributions of working members. Visit for more details.