Demolition was the name of the game in Elm Heights from Wednesday through Friday. Here are a few images. It was an impressive process, the relentless maw of the excavator snatching bite after bite from the old building, chewing it briefly, then spitting it into a dumpster. By end of Thursday the building was down, and Friday was devoted mainly to cleaning up. Monday begins the breaking up and hauling off of the cement slab.
"How do we give back to the community rather than just take from it?" This was one of the concepts explored in Part Two of the film Food for Change, which we viewed at our recent board meeting. Many co-ops were started in the early 1970s to counteract the takeover of the food business by large corporations. At that time, two million farmers had been driven out of business, six million taken over by agribusiness.
The cooperative movement was a non-violent pursuit of a better way of doing things. With high ideals and not much economic savvy at the time, 800 co-ops were started. That number declined to 200 until the recent "third wave" of new start-ups. People again want to take back control of their lives. They especially want to see their local areas prosper. We want to make sure that everyone is fed and fed well without the increased dangers of contamination, delay or just plain "no food today" due to transportation problems or catastrophe.
You know the advice: Wag More, Bark Less! It's a good time for it—October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, and the Monroe County Humane Association holds its annual Run for the Animals on Saturday, October 14.
Mister Buck’s is offering 10% off their complete line of dog food and cat food all month, in addition to their continued donation of $1 per bag to our local animal shelter. For those unfamiliar with Mister Buck’s, they are a local company producing excellent dry and canned food for both dogs and cats. We are pleased to offer their complete line at the East store, with a selection at the Near West Side, too.