Stone Soup Cafe: Summer Update

Summer is going strong over at The Stone Soup Café! We had record attendance on July 13th with 113 people. Just Roots, the community farm in Greenfield, has been generously donating produce for our meals. We’ve also gotten gorgeous kale, bok choy, broccoli, and dandelion greens from Atlas Farm in Deefield. The second Saturday of every month, we will continue to offer pay-what-you-can acupuncture from Greenfield Community Acupuncture.  We also have a great lineup of live music planned throughout the Summer and David Fersh has become our new Music Coordinator.  You can reach him at
We were also approved for a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility.  We had proposed to them that we create a website for other Unitarian churches who want to create similar programs.  They were so excited about that proposal that they offered us more money to create a print manual for the same purpose.
Ari Pliskin, our cafe director, presented at the Food Bank to a room full of Franklin county hunger relief leaders interested in learning about the cafe. Everyone was also kind enough to participate in a survey during a meal which gave helpful feedback regarding  experiences at the cafe. Here are a few things that we all shared:
“flavorful, delicious, beautifully presented”
“compassion and acceptance radiate”
“From Ari’s leadership to the friendly food servers, kindness exudes.”
“music is so important for bringing people together.”
“what a wonderful community-making opportunity.”
“…food, people, peace.”
“powerful and pragmatic example of people pooling resources and co-creating bonds of community.”
Thanks to all for the great feedback! It will help our community cafe continue to thrive!

Climate Summer, a leadership development program for young adults who learn by doing, also stopped by to volunteer at the cafe. If you haven’t heard of Climate Summer, check out a great video on their website. It’s a great organization that calls for action on climate change. They travel exclusively by bicycle! Look for them all over New England this Summer!


We look forward to seeing you at Stone Soup this Summer! Stay Cool!

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