Juniper Award for
The Juniper Award for Trades recognizes the essential work tradespeople do for our community, and the financial costs that accompany both learning and performing a trade. Monetary assistance allows space for tradespeople to be imaginative, fearless, and committed to their work with less financial burden.
Please note: the number of nominations per nominee is not a factor in the selection process.
"I feel lucky to have studied literature at a small liberal arts college, but I feel equally lucky to have worked in various trades my whole life, making friends with and learning from others who did the same. As a kid, I earned nickels for digging, pruning, and planting in the garden; later, I cut and arranged flowers, and waxed and edged skis. In the summer, I stained facia from rooftops, and cooked, cleaned, and hauled supplies in Yosemite’s High Sierra camps. As an adult I built my own homes, leaning on the expertise of tradespeople who knew more than me. I have immense respect for people who work in the trades and would like to help more people find their way to meaningful work in these areas."