Saturday, September 21, 2013


A place to get cheap, yet decent quality food? Does a place exist as such in Providence, RI? Yes, oh yes. That place is called Aldi's.

I ventured over to Smith Hill yesterday to finally check out Aldi's: a place that fellow students told me to check out, but had never done so, out of sheer laziness & some doubt. After a more-than-successful experience though, my friend and I had to find out more about this place. How does it exist?

Aldi's, in fact, is owned by the same German brothers who own Trader Joe's. Aldi's sells quality products at a low price by "stocking fewer items, eschewing national brands for cheaper generic labels and not accepting credit cards."(TIME) That being said, the shelves didn't appear sketchily scarce, nor were all of the brands unrecognizable (Bolthouse Farms, Organic Valley, etc.). One's shopping experience at Aldi's doesn't seem second-rate either, because of its cleanliness and organization. Doesn't this all just make sense? An affordable, pleasant shopping experience due largely to the fact that it just doesn't stock as much? It's stocks how much it needs. No more, no less. 

Trader Joe's, the brothers' other store, follows the same model, yet offers a few other products, mostly branded by the company itself. However, they too practice not overstocking and a quality shopping experience. 

Aldi's & Trader Joe's are gaining popularity in the supermarket world, according to TIME Magazine. I hope the rest of the grocery store world catches on quickly...then maybe grocer food waste won't be as bountiful. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

And it begins.

Greetings everyone!

Here we are again, back in the full swing of the semester already! We, the LT, met last Sunday morning in the wonderful garden of the Urban Environmental Lab. The sun was shining, we were surrounded by juicy veggies, and lovely company...not too bad of a start.

After our weekly check-in (highs & lows, rose & thorn, whatever you want to call it...), we talked a lot about how we are wanting this semester to be like. There will be a big shift in our operations regarding volunteers, for we are now having everyone APPLY first. The choices are FRN@Brown Rep or FRN@Brown Supervisor (see page for further detail). Why you might ask? We feel that having people apply to be a part of the program will create a stronger, more committed dynamic amongst the group. The more "official" aspect to applying, we hope, will create more accountability from everyone as well as bring the importance to the title a FRN@Brown volunteer deserves. (Excuse the uppity sound this last bit has, but it's true! Volunteering your own time to help others in a very crucial, yet simple way is work and should get some high recognition!)

Anywho, welcome back all. Upcoming events:

-Activities Fair, Tues. 9/10 7pm-10pm, OMAC
-Info Sessions:
    -Wed. 9/11, 7pm, Wilson 105
    -Thurs, 9/12, 7pm, Wilson 301

Applications to become a Rep or a Supervisor are due by THIS Friday (9/13) evening!!!