The kitchen program is a vibrant area of the farm that operated with 5-7 participants and the assistance of 30 – 60 volunteers and staff support all lead by our talented kitchen manager Star Maracle. Nutritional and cooking skills are learned during the daily preparation and service of the farm lunch. Staff, participants and the general public come together to enjoy a hot meal Monday-Friday at 12:30; Community members wishing to join us are welcome. We ask for a suggested donation of $5 per person and for you to call Maria in the main office at 746-4204 by 10:00 am to hold a spot for you.
The kitchen program also works closely with other areas of the farm to create a sustainable operation. Fresh produce and eggs from the farm are used and served in the daily Farm lunches when in season. In addition vegetable peelings from the kitchen are contributed to the farms compost pile and table scraps turn into a tasty snack for the farm’s pigs.
Major renovations to the Providence House kitchen were completed during the summer of 2005. We’re thankful for the partnerships that have enabled us to construct this kitchen, which include Farm Folk/City Folk and the Feast of Fields, which provided the initial $18,000 of funding to start the project. A total of $130,000 was fundraised through several grants and funding partners. The planning and design for the kitchen was greatly assisted by a volunteer planning group from the community, which included Bill Jones, Mara Jernigan, James Barber – ‘The Urban Peasant’, John Salmen, Denis Berger and several members of the Board of Directors and staff from the farm. More recently the yearly James Barber Fundraiser (held in the fall of each year) has contributed ongoing funds to assist in upgrades to the booth the indoor kitchen and the outside facilities.
The kitchen crew would like to extend a big “Thanks” to all the local chefs and volunteers that assist in the running of this valuable program at the farm.
Please consider making a donation to support the Kitchen Program at Providence Farm