$4,500 grant awarded to The Sage Street Mill’s Makers Market in North Bennington

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$4,500 grant awarded to The Sage Street Mill’s Makers Market in North Bennington

Sat, 01/15/2022 - 3:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Sage Street Mill’s Multi-sector Makers Market in North Bennington has been awarded a $4,500 grant from Bennington College and the Andrew Mellon Foundation to further support its mission to increase diversity, knowledge, and access to affordable locally grown organic food in North Bennington.

The market welcomes folks of all ages, incomes, and orientations, and offers locally grown organic produce, meats, eggs and hand-crafted goods as well as hands-on demos, workshops, and exhibitions. It began in the summer of 2021 with the goal of empowering various local businesses and farmers who got affected by COVID and providing the community with a new alternative culturally diverse venue to sell locally grown organic food, handmade goods, as well as foster collaboration between local activists and leaders working in the sectors of green energy, organic farming and food, arts and wellness. Today, their core group includes artists, small businesses and farms (most that are minority and women owned and managed), and we offer organic food at a lower cost (around $2 less per item for meat, milk and eggs than other traditional market venues).

Director of the Sage Street Mill, Patricia Burke Pedreira explains, “We are a unique creative and alternative place for families to buy locally grown affordable organic food, with hands-on opportunities to learn about sustainable farming, green energy, offering fun art activities and demos for all ages!”

Lauren Riorden, co-owner of Grateful Morning Farm in Shaftsbury, Vt. states “ Our mission has always been to provide clean organic food directly to our community at a reasonable price. This allows us to take that mission one step further.”

Alexander Mintz, CEO of local solar company Power Guru adds, “ I’ve been working with the Sage Street Mill team to educate our community of neighbors and friends about renewable energy alongside other businesses that share a focus on keeping Vermont green. I admire Sage Street’s dedication not only to art, but also to sustainability and community development. Their mission is a noble one and we at Power Guru look forward to partnering with Sage Street for years to come.”

Program Manager Ahmad Yassir states, “This grant award is exciting news! As our market is growing, we can now increase our capacity through having an energy star certified refrigeration and freezer on-site, which will cut down CO2, and will help us increase access with new on-site year-round storage and refrigeration available for produce, meat, raw milk, locally produced cooking oil, beverages, kombucha and more!”

We are so grateful for having the opportunity to apply for this grant through the Center of Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) at Bennington College; Special thanks from all of us, for the impactful leadership and vision of Susan Sgorbati and her stellar team at CAPA!

“The team is planning, organizing, and preparing our space, so we can be ready to re-open in the spring on Fridays 4:30-7pm at 29 Sage Street, North Bennington, VT.“

Please visit www.sagestreetmill.com where we will post the Spring 2022 re-opening date of the market, with a schedule of hands-on demos, exhibitions, and events, along with new applications for vendors.