Suburban Homesteading & Sustainable Home Tour June 21st, 2014 9:00 AM, Maynard


Producing your own food, generating energy and conserving water are all goals of sustainable living. Accomplishing these goals in urban and suburban settings can be challenging. Come and see how some of your neighbors are working toward these goals in the suburbs.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • a Zero-Energy home with solar panels, passive solar space heating, solar hot water system, and superinsulated envelope
  • a Suburban Homestead with small-space intensive raised bed vegetable gardening, espaliered orchard, backyard chickens, bat house, composting and rain barrels all on a third of an acre lot
Each host will present their unique home features and allow time for questions and answers. Participants will meet at a central location in Maynard, MA at 9:00 AM to check in and receive maps and schedules. We will help form carpools and/or bike to the multiple destinations on the tour.

Tickets cost $25.00 and are available for purchase here:




We hope to see you there!

Read our Winter Newsletter

cover2What’s inside:

Why get a market study? And why pay so much for it? 

Obtaining Market and Feasibility studies are significant milestones in the opening of a storefront cooperative grocery store, and will prepare us for the next steps of selecting a site and applying for funding. Obtaining these studies is part of the best practices for start-up food co-ops, and they are the first documents a lender will ask to see. The market study will give us an estimate of read more

Also inside:
Latest status of member-owners
Upcoming events
Volunteer Opportunities
Board updates
Fall Events Recap

Can you help us reach our $4,400 goal?

The Assabet Village Food Co-op has been chosen to receive a $10,000 matching funds grant from the Food Co-op Initiative.
We still have $4,400 left to raise and we need your help.
Donations made on Razoo go to our Fiscal Sponsor, The Cooperative Fund of New England, and are tax-deductible. Donations can be made in any amount, and every dollar helps.
Please donate today, and help us get that $10,000.
The funds will be used to pay for our Market and Feasibility Studies – studies that will help us choose a location for the store. Let’s make a grocery store in Maynard, MA a reality!
Help us Match our Grant! Please “like” and “share” to spread the word…

Don’t miss a special movie screening of “Food for Change”

foodforchange Saturday, November 23 7:30 pm

The Assabet Village Food Co-op is pleased to co-sponsor with The Social Action Community Council of First Parish in Concord to present “Food for Change,” a provocative new documentary. Filmmaker Steve Alves describes it as “one part food, two parts politics, three parts economics.” Interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by co-­op leaders and historians tell the story of the co-­op movement in the U.S. and the vital role consumer‑led food co‑ops played in the decades-­long debate between profit-­driven capitalism and locally‑controlled enterprises. Alves tracks the co-­op movement’s quest for whole and organic foods, sustainable food systems, and the renaissance of American food co-­ops that has revived entire communities.

Where: First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA.
When: Saturday, November 23rd
Doors open at 7:00pm
Refreshments will be served
Suggested donation $5-10. (Proceeds to go to the film team who produced this

ALSO – Steve Alves, the producer/director will be there at the showing!



Join us for a Cooking Class: Thanksgiving with Flair!

chef-cuttingChef Brian Clark will lead you through the steps of creating a unique turkey preparation, and fresh and innovative side dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Fun and informative, this class will leave you with the confidence to tackle Thanksgiving Day, no matter how large or small the guest list.

WHEN: November 14th from 8p to 10p

WHERE: Serendipity Cafe, 1 Nason Street, Maynard

Tickets are $48 each. Get them fast! There are only 16 spots available!


Upcoming Events

Our last potluck was such a success, we’re doing it again!

Join us on Sunday, November 10th for a family potluck from 12p to 4p.

There will be kids activities and more.

More info to come!

ALSO – We are developing a cooking class for a lucky group of about 18. Details will be posted as soon as they are available!

We’re hosting a Potluck – Oct 24th

Food Day is October 24 and what more appropriate way to celebrate such a day than eating food together!

Join us for a Potluck Dinner!

When: Thursday, October 24th from 6-9pm
Where: Maynard Elks Club, 34 Powdermill Road (Route 62).

There is no cost if you bring a dish. If you really don’t feel like cooking, come anyway and bring $10! (Kids are 2 for $5)

Click here  to let us know what favorite dish you will bring to share.















We got the grant!

The Assabet Village Food Cooperative has been chosen to receive a $10,000 matching-funds seed grant from the Food Co-op Initiative. The Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) is a non-profit organization that works with community groups across the United States to help them organize new retail food co-ops.  This grant is very important for us to proceed with our next steps, particularly for the market and feasibility studies.  Additionally, we have now gained the support and guidance of FCI.  Their expertise will be invaluable to us as we move closer to achieving our goal of a cooperatively-owned grocery store in Maynard.

We will have more information about this in the next few days.  Stay-tuned.

Assabet Village Food Co-op is Now Incorporated

We have some big news to share! Assabet Village Food Cooperative is very pleased to announce we are incorporated. 

We’d like to thank the Neighboring Food Co-op Association for their help during this process. The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) is a network of 32 food co-ops and start-up initiatives that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and collaboration among co-ops. We’re proud to be a member, and we’re grateful for their support!

Achieving this important milestone allows us to start our membership drive, find a building, and open your grocery store. But, there is still a lot to do. 

Your donation today will get us there. We need to get the market and feasibility studies and we have half of the funds required. Your donation of $100, $50, $25, or in any amount can be made on our website or via mail. On-line donations are at: If you would like to mail a check please send it to Assabet Village Food Co-op, 54 Main Street, Suite 205, Maynard, MA 01754 

The community interest and desire for a locally owned and locally supplied grocery has been overwhelming. Let’s all keep up the momentum.  Keep an eye on our website: and our Facebook page for news and opportunities to help. Thank you again for your support!