Why build a community kitchen on our farm?
The truth is, we already see our farm as a community hub.
But this new space will allow us to integrate our other passions into the operations of the farm, bringing together our culinary experience and interest in preservation and fermentation with our desire to bring the community together in a year-round space.
We have seen how visiting this farm has changed minds and lives, and by opening our doors to a new space, we hope to take our farming experience and the experience of visitors to the next level.
This community kitchen will lead to the reuse of an existing barn that hasn’t been in use for almost 20 years. We will add basic infrastructure into the space (bathrooms, walls, plumbing, gas lines), plus add in kitchen equipment such as sinks, stoves, a walk-in cooler, a fermentation walk-in cooler, and specialized equipment such as dehydrators and canning tools.
We will focus on sourcing produce directly from our farm and creating value-added products. This includes drying herbs for teas and herb salts, fermented food products, and traditionally canned items.
The kitchen will also have the basics of any community space, such as tables and chairs for classes. Since community members will be able to rent out the space, we will build in storage spaces to accommodate other users.
Through all of that, we hope to create a dynamic community space for learning and for coming together to share in the healing power of food.
But we need your help to make this project a reality! Learn more about how to contribute to make this kitchen a reality here.