Working Food Community Center

Oct 19, 2017 by

Forage has joined forces with Blue Oven Kitchens, merging in to one effective non-profit organization under one roof.

Forage + Blue Oven Kitchens = Working Food. 


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 brunch restaurant, Afternoon, in our shared parking lot!

We are usually there Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, 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 or email if you have any questions about the space, are interested in kitchen, event space rentals, or any of our community programs!

Forage is still here, we’re not gone! 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.

Our new website is just  resting page right now as we work to build it out, so we will still be posting to We will let you know when the transition to the new site is made.

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