New Community Food Center!

Jul 14, 2017 by

 

Over the past few years you may have heard whispers about Forage’s efforts to develop a community food center. Well after a long haul of hard work, we’ve found a location, and are officially moved in! There is LOTS of work to do, and we’re excited to have your help to make this space vibrant.

But first, the story. Forage will be joining forces with the efforts of Blue Oven Kitchens, and merging in to one more powerful and effective non-profit organization under one roof.

Forage + Blue Oven Kitchens = Working Food. 

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We are located at 219 NW 10th Ave. in the old Powell’s Plaza. We’re across from the new brewery, Cypress and Grove and just down the street from Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. There’s also a new breakfast restaurant opening in our shared parking lot!

We are NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC just yet (except for a few scheduled events). We are usually there Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm, or by appointment. Since we are in construction and planning phase we may not always be there so it’s good to call first. 352-260-4458. Please call if you have any questions about the space, are interested in kitchen or event space rentals!

Forage is still here, we’re not gone! We will sacrifice our name, as will Blue Oven Kitchens, becoming one under Working Food. I know, it was hard for us all to come to this decision but trust us, it made the most sense. Rest assured, our key programs that define us will still persist, and now thrive with a physical home base. The Southern Heritage Seed Collective and our youth garden efforts will be stronger and more accessible by having a physical location.

Finally, in one place, our new community food center will offer:

-A safe home for our seed collection, and easier access year-round to seeds instead of seasonal events only.
-A place to organize and host community events, workshops, classes and more!
-A certified commercial kitchen incubator much more efficient and scaled up than Blue Oven Kitchens, for food entrepreneurs that will facilitate the growth of local business ownership and job creation.
-A certified commercial kitchen for individuals to rent by the hour to make their own pickles, jams, sauces, baked goods and more, as well as temporary cold storage.
– Cold and dry food storage, warehousing, and aggregation space that will provide existing and start-up businesses much easier access and use of locally grown food.
-Easier access to local food products for both retail and institutional customers.
-Private event space rental with indoor, outdoor and kitchen access.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT: WorkingFoodPPT_Final.pptx

We have a lot of work cut out for us. Will you help? We’ll be painting, renovating, buying supplies, landscaping, and more. We’ll also need to train some very special volunteers to hold regular hours at the center to help with day to day operations.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! 

 

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