The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation‘s monthly $1,000 mini-grant was awarded to the Cobblestone Farm Market on April 9, 2017.
Cobblestone Farm Market will use the grant to pay a part-time seasonal food assistance manager for the weekly market, which is held at Cobblestone Farm on the south side of Ann Arbor. Market organizers hope to employ a young person from economically distressed communities in order for the market to bolster its food assistance offerings with compassion and grace. The candidate search will include help from the Community Action Network of Washtenaw County and other services that support our under-resourced community members.
The Cobblestone Farm Market is an earth-friendly non-profit organization that focuses on strengthening community and increasing local food accessibility, security, and quality. The market is a project of the Cobblestone Farm Association. The market creates profitable micro-business opportunities for local small-scale organic growers, producers, and artists. It also engages in community outreach and partnerships with local food pantries and other organizations to build community, share knowledge, and create awareness of local markets. This self-sustaining market provides a safe community space that allows individuals and families from diverse backgrounds to connect over healthy food, fun activities, live music and cooking demonstrations. Held each Tuesday from May through October, the market has become a hub of the neighborhood, providing a lively location to gather and do good.
The Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation is the Ann Arbor chapter of the Boston-based micro-philanthropic organization known as the Awesome Foundation. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.