The Brightmoor Artisan's Cooperative (BAC) is launching another round of crowdfunding this week to help bring the Northwest Detroit neighborhood's community food hub to life. According to Crain's, the group will receive a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development if the campaign meets its $30,000 fundraising goal by January 12.
Community kitchens play a vital role in Detroit's food culture. Food entrepreneurs like Sister Pie's Lisa Ludwinski and others have used these spaces to jumpstart their small businesses. Last April, Eastern Market unveiled its revamped and expanded Shed 5, which included substantial rentable kitchen space of food startups. The BAC purchased the 4,800-square-foot building in 2014 with the goal of creating a commercial kitchen and non-profit café to provide nutrition education and fresh food from local urban farms to residents in the neighborhood. Since then, they've successfully raised $150,000 in funding through grants and donations allowing them to replace the building's roof and upgrade the façade. Funding from the Patroncity campaign will allow the group to complete its interior buildout. Watch the full pitch below: