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ABQ Sprout’s mico-grant recipients

Rio Grande Community Farm
Rio Grande Community Farm

I wrote about a grassroots model for improving the city a couple weeks ago. ABQ Sprout works like this: People pay for a dinner of local food prepared by a volunteer local chef. At the dinner, presenters pitch their plan for boosting Burque. Diners vote on their favorite. The cash attendees paid for their chow becomes an instant micro grant for the winner.

Because of the inaugural dinner’s success, three groups were chosen instead of one:

Rio Grande Community Farm, a 50-acre nonprofit urban farm in the North Valley, got $1000.

Friends of the Orphan Signs, a group that turns old road signs into art, got $500.

South Valley Seniors, a club that crochets items for the homeless, got $409.

The next dinner is in May, and the organizers are looking for a place to hold it, as well as the next local chef.

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Germinate local genius with ABQ Sprout

Have you heard about this grassroots effort to improve the city?

The model works like this:

• Folks pay to get into a dinner cooked by a local chef.

• During the dinner, people make pitches on how to make Albuquerque a better place.

• The diners vote, and the money they paid to attend the event becomes an instant micro-grant for the winner.

In Albuquerque it’s called ABQ Sprout, though it’s based on a model that goes by various names in other cities. The first-ever dinner is Saturday, Jan. 28, at the South Valley Multipurpose Center (2008 Larrazolo SW). Admission is $15 to $30 on a sliding scale.

V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012

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A Spit Shine on the City

Two projects promise to better Burque: ABQ Sprout, a micro-grant dinner that funds good ideas and CNM’s free green-collar jobs training.

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