All About Central City Co-Op
In September 2001, Jennifer Georgantas and Pat Greer dreamed of a community of people joining together each week around healthy, earth-friendly food. This dream became a reality 15 years ago with the founding of Central City Co-Op, Houston’s very first organic co-op.
Organic Produce, Organic Community
Our mission is to support sustainable, chemical free farming practices through offering both 1) sustainably raised local and 2) certified USDA organic national produce and farm goods to our community at the fairest prices possible.
Everything we carry on our shelves and stock in our shares is either locally, sustainably grown by farmers we know or is nationally-certified USDA organic. Both are great options for you and for our planet!
Central City Co-Op also provides a space for individuals to come together as a community. We support every member of our community in their journey to learn more about where their food comes from, how it’s produced, and how the local economy is impacted by food choices.
A bit more…
Visit us in every Wednesday inside Kindred Church at 2515 Waugh Drive. Take a tour with a volunteer to see us first hand!
Shop with us in our open market on Wednesday, or pre-order a share on our online store (by 6 pm Sundays for Wednesday pickup).
Non-members can pre-order their first share in person on Wednesday with the members-only 10% discount (one time only). After that, individuals must become a member to receive the discount.
Learn even more about Central City Co-Op in our FAQs.
The Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center and the Baytown Nature Center are hosting a free service learning club for high school teens.
Under the supervision of Christina Butcher, Baytown Nature Center Naturalist, and Wetlands Center Education Coordinator, Jina Faith, high school students, who wish to make a difference in the community, make new friends, and/or gain volunteer hours while having fun, meet Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 pm.
Participation in small conservation projects develops teamwork skills and environmental responsibility to enable the students to pick, plan and implement a larger conservation project of their choice.
Environmental Protectors Initiating Change (EPIC) is an afterschool club that meets weekly at the Wetlands Education Center, 1724 Market Street, Baytown to learn about and solve coastal environmental problems through hands-on projects.
For more events in Baytown, TX, visit Baytown’s Activities & Events calendar.
Nature Story Time is held every Wednesday at 4 PM.
Get absorbed in our stories, puppets, specimens, songs and more! Nature Story Time is primarily for preschoolers and their caregivers.
This is a FREE, drop-in program.
As a courtesy, please call the Center to let us know if you are coming with a group of 6 or more so that we can be sure to have enough materials on hand for everyone.
For more events by the Nature Discovery Center, visit their event Calendar!
MISSION OF THE COASTAL PRAIRIE PARTNERSHIP
The mission of the Coastal Prairie Partnership is to
promote the conservation and restoration of coastal prairie ecosystems.
HOW WE WORK AND WHAT WE DO
Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP) is a private, nonprofit collaboration of governmental agencies, non-governmental institutions, private individuals, and landowners working to achieve common conservation and education goals. Our ultimate goal is to help foster a more connected and empowered prairie community in coastal Texas and southwest Louisiana.
CPP plays five important collaborative roles in the prairie community.
- Convener – CPP hosts meetings throughout the year to discuss pressing issues in prairie conservation and restoration and how the prairie community can be better served by collaborative action.
- Adviser – Governmental entities, nonprofits, landscape architects, and private individuals routinely call upon CPP to advise on ongoing or new prairie conservation and restoration initiatives.
- Teacher – CPP offers empowering classes, workshops, and field trips each year. We also help to interpret the prairie’s importance to the general public and teach others how to be effective prairie communicators.
- Cheerleader – Saving and restoring prairies is difficult work. CPP is committed to honoring the efforts and dedication of our prairie colleagues by promoting their efforts and events and by recognizing their excellence through yearly awards.
- Networker – CPP connects those in need of assistance with experts in the field. We also foster collaboration and networking among professionals events such as our annual Restoration Roundup and State of the Prairie Conference.
HNPAT meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Cherie Flores Pavilion in
McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park. 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004
(parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum) Approximate GPS location: https://goo.gl/maps/
**UPDATE: The meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, will have a different location. Please meet at the Old Golf Course Clubhouse on 6201 Hermann Park Drive.
The Texas Coastal Watershed Program holds weekly volunteer days for their stormwater wetland program, 9am-12pm on Thursdays. Volunteers help propagate plants in the wetland plant nursery at Exploration Green in Clear Lake City, or at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory in Lake Jackson. The stormwater wetland program is developing demonstration projects to show how wetlands can be designed into flood control basins to clean contaminants from surface runoff, protect our bayous and bays, and provide a refuge for wildlife. A schedule and more information is available by contacting Mcedwards@tamu.edu.
The Westchase Farmers Market will open on Thursday, October 24. Sponsored by the Westchase District, the market will operate on Thursdays from 3-6 pm (4 to 7 pm during the summer months) in the parking lot of St. Cyril’s of Alexandria Church, 10503 Westheimer (at Rogerdale), just a few blocks outside the Beltway. For more information, go towww.westchasedistrict.com or contact the market manager, John Carey (farmersmarket@
The Houston Chapter of the Native Prairies Association of Texas, or HNPAT, meets monthly on 4th Thursdays of the month, most months (check calendar), at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in the McGovern Centennial Gardens @ Hermann Park! (1500 Hermann Drive, Houston 77004. Parking lot entrance is directly across the street from the Health Museum); 6:30 p.m. Refreshments; 7:00 p.m. Meeting Starts. Meetings are free and open to the public. Come and learn with us about our native prairies!
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