Food for (Community) Life West End Well and Soup Ottawa offer tasty, thoughtful options
Imagine a neighbourhood grocery that offers organic produce and other goods sourced, as much as possible, from local food producers. Envision a café that serves tasty, local, organic, seasonal offerings. Then picture a community centre that’s home to classes in cooking, meditation and yoga, as well as workshops on issues ranging from food security to social justice. Add in a lending library, local music, storytelling, poetry and art programs, plus live performances— and there you have it: West End Well. Set to open this spring at 969 Wellington Street West in Hintonburg, this local hub is “a social enterprise co-operative” and an exciting initiative in healthy, connected Ottawa living.
Check it out! West End Well runs three events, in particular, on a regular basis:
• Monthly public information sessions: Each month, there is a two-hour public gathering during which all the basics about the West End Well Co-op are covered. Attendees have a chance to ask questions and engage with the project’s volunteers.
• Meet and sweet events: There are monthly gatherings for members of the West End Well Co-op that take place at the Foolish Chicken restaurant on Holland Avenue. There is always a theme, a guest speaker and plenty of discussion.
• Learning events: This is a new project for the West End Well Co-op. Each month, interested members gather to have an in-depth discussion with an expert about a topic such as permaculture, food security or governance of co-ops.
To find out more about the co-op and membership opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org and see westendwell.ca.