The nonprofit Billings Forge, which provides farm-to-table job training, farmer’s markets and housing for city residents in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, has expanded to Hartford’s downtown with a new cafe in the public library’s Main Street branch.
The cafe will serve breakfast, lunch and pastries made from locally grown and sourced ingredients, organizers said.
With the addition of the cafe, about 16 to 20 people will be able to go through the nonprofit’s 12-week job training program per year, said Julie Carrion, the director of catering and education for Billings Forge. Participants learn everything from cooking and baking to sanitation and food safety.
Billings Forge started about seven years ago in Frog Hollow. The Kitchen at Billings Forge, set in an 1869 building that once housed the Billings and Spencer tool forge — which manufactured drop iron wrenches for bicycles, pliers and tongs — also sells locally sourced food.
The Billings Forge complex also includes market rate and subsidized apartments, the Firebox restaurant, a farmer’s market, community gardens and an art studio.
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