Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW) is a driving force for community participation and empowerment in Frog Hollow through promoting access to healthy food; engaging youth; and developing employment opportunities and economically sustainable social enterprises. 

Farm to table job training café, bakery, catering and teaching kitchen. Click for Cafe Menu, Catering Menu, or Classes.

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Please support the teens and adults in the Frog Hollow community who desire to craft a viable future. 

$40,000 is needed by December 31st to help them realize their dreams.

Your gift will transform someone’s life.

Please donate on line by clicking hereor mail your gift to Billings Forge Community Works, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106.  Thank you!


Thank you to Lincoln Financial Foundation

BFCW awarded $20,000 grant to support culinary job training program. The Lincoln Financial Foundation has graciously bestowed a $20,000 grant to Billings Forge Community Works. We are appreciative of their continued support of BFCW’s mission.


Take a ride on the Fresh Express to our Farmers' Market 

Watch Billings Forge Community Works staff talk about our Farmers' Market and the Asylum Hill's Fresh Express on WFSB weekend show and Better Connecticut by clicking on the links below. 

For WFSB weekend show video click here.

For Better Connecticut video click here.

For Thursday's Summer Kick Off Celebration coverage click here.

Our Summer Farmers' Market is open every Thursday from 11 am to 2 p.m. Don't miss the expanded market offerings, available food trucks. Please remember that if you receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) we DOUBLE your benefits up to $20. 


Thank you to Bank of America's Charitable Foundation

BFCW awarded $7,500 grant from Bank of America's Charitable Foundation  The Bank of America's Charitable Foundation has graciously bestowed a $7,500 grant to Billings Forge Community Works. This grant will be used to support our culinary job training program.  We are appreciative of their continued support of BFCW’s mission.


The Outdoor Farmers Market Returns!

This Thursday, June 4th, the Billings Forge Farmer's Market moves outdoors and with it comes the Asylum Hill's Fresh Express. The Hartford and Aetna have partnered to provide free, round-trip shuttle service from the Asylum Hill neighborhood to the Billings Forge Farmers' Market in Frog Hollow in an effort to create a safer and more connected community. The shuttle will run every Thursday between June 4 and October 29 from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and will make stops at The Hartford, Immanuel House, and at the Aetna. Don't miss the expanded market offerings, available food trucks that come with the outdoor market!  

Thank you Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare

Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare and the Foundation's Healthy Food Fund has awarded a $5,000 grant to Billings Forge Community Works in support of our garden project. We are appreciative of their generous continued support of BFCW’s mission.


Thank You to EWB and Pratt & Whitney for The Kitchen Café Patio redesign!

Gracias to the Billings Forge Residents and Volunteers who joined us on April 25th to clean, seed and prepare our Garden beds. A special thanks to Abi and the EWB volunteers from Pratt &Whitney for their time, effort and the generous Green Power Grant. Next time you visit the Kitchen Cafe we hope you take advantage of the newly installed patio. We are thankful and look forward to a bountiful harvest. 


Butler Family Fund Helps BFCW with Jobs Research

Thanks to generous funding from the Butler Family Fund, Billings Forge Community Works has just completed research resulting in the development of a strategy to increase the starting wages of culinary job trainees with multiple barriers to employment. This project has been critical as we seek to increase our trainees’ self-sufficiency and improve the long-term results of our job training program. We expect this report will provide guidance and practical advice for similar programs that aim to help their participants win and keep living-wage jobs. Click here to read report


BFCW would like to thank Berkshire Bank for their support of $2,500 for our Job Training Program.


Check out our Newsletter from Billings Forge Community Works


BFCW partners with Capital Community College to offer Culinary Training Certificate Program!

Information available here


Check us out in Hartford Magazine here!