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Vegan and Vegetarian Cooperative Opens in Downtown Lancaster


Newly opened in the Place Marie Mall, near Central Market, The Seed Community Space and Vege Café is the city’s only worker-owned, collectively managed community space and café featuring vegetarian and vegan food, including pastries, baked goods and beverages, such as kombucha.

The Seed was conceptualized by five young innovators—Courtney Lawson, Fen Alankus, Amanda Reitz, Josh Redd and Audrie Marsh—who wanted to create a space that would give back to the community. Its mission is to provide local, sustainably sourced food and beverages in an open, safe facility where Lancaster’s progressive community can gather and work together for social justice, community building and service to each other and the planet.

“This space will be as much yours as it is ours,” the group states on, a Web platform that independent projects can use to build an online fundraising campaign, known as crowdfunding, quickly, easily and securely. The group raised more than $4,750 through the online campaign, now closed, but they are still accepting contributions offline, in the form of cash, volunteer work and materials, to continue the co-op’s development.

Location: 52 N. Queen St., Lancaster. For more information, call The Seed at 717-945-5787, email [email protected] or visit