Invitation to a “Stake” Dinner

Posted On January 27, 2011

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This Sunday, January 30th, from 5 to 8pm, First Unitarian Church, 22nd and Chestnut Street

Philly Stake, a local member of The Soup Network, honors creative, grassroots projects by hosting Sunday benefit dinners. Attendants give $10 to $20 towards a Philly Stake “Grant,” eat a locally soured meal, and watch presentations from 10 community projects. At the end of the evening, the audience decides which project gets the grant. Winners report their progress at the next dinner. All projects are community-invested and many are artistically and ecologically-minded. Food provided by City Harvest, Green Meadow Farm, Greener Partners and Preston’s Paradise with refreshments by Triumph Brewery.

Philly Rooted (Walnut Hill Community Farm), co-organized by Grid contributor, Nic Esposito, received a $900 grant from last Philly Stake Dinner . Here’s a rundown of the projects presenting this Sunday:

BlueRedYellow Sustainably-minded garment producer. Sources cotton textiles from Pennsylvania manufacturer and employs local crafts people in design. Grant Proposal: First year production of indigo, marigold and madder root dyes at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education community garden.

Philly Food Forrest Multi-lot community gardens project at the 500 block of Mercy Street in South Philly. Aspirations include an orchard, a pollinator garden, mushroom beds, rainwater harvesting, composting, free produce distribution, and neighborhood educational programming. Grant Proposal: Construct a compost bin mostly from recycled materials, set up a rainwater harvesting system, build and plant two 100 square foot biointensive gardening beds, build and inoculate a 3-season mushroom bed, and salvage or purchase used outdoor furniture for gatherings.

Good Night War Dance-based exploration of the presence of war in our lives. Grant Proposal: Establish discussion-and-movement workshop for non-dancers, which will lead to a collaborative Philly performance.

The Soapbox Independent publishing center with zine library in West Philly. Grant Proposal: Purchase materials and supplies for community workspace to provide free zine-making workshops.

UC Green’s Bee Safe Pollinator project teaching low-income high school students how to keep bees in West Philly. Grant Proposal: Grant will establish year-long pilot project, providing supplies for 5 students.

Public Art in Urban Gardens Envisions a hanging photography installation, throughout the city’s urban gardens, featuring creative types at work in Philly. Grant Proposal: Pay for materials, printing and promotions of installation.

Recycled Artists-In-Residency Collaborative effort of artists and industrial designers fostering public awareness about the local waste stream. Aims to inspire creative methods of diverting waste from landfills. Grant Proposal: Purchase of hand and table saws for the re-purposing of materials.

Grow Together Mushroom Art Experiment Collaborative mushroom sculpture to be displayed at Space 2033. Mushrooms will be fed at future Philly Stake dinners and donated to community gardens for soil remediation. Grant Proposal: Purchase materials for mushroom growing kits.

Refugee Urban Farm Project Establish a produce garden for recently resettled Bhutanese and Burmese refugees in South Philadelphia. Grant Proposal: After purchasing hand tools and other essentials, Refugee Urban Farm Project will provide supplies for preserving vegetables and ensemble a cultural recipe book with nutritional analysis.

Warrior Writers Encourages self-expression amongst war veterans through written word, performance and art. Grant Proposal: Launch Warrior Writers first Philadelphia Operation Recovery Campaign event. A grant will pay for event space, promotions, workshop and discussion facilitators, art supplies, and childcare for vets with children


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