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.