Strengthening the bond between local farmers, local food producers, and the local food market creating a deeper awareness of the need for land stewardship.
Fostering small scale food production that is closely linked to island farmers while paying tribute to island agricultural traditions.
Creating opportunities for local economic development and supporting island farmers and food producers.
Additional In-Kind Donations: $20,000
A place to gather, store, and share information related to food production, food safety, and food distribution.
The purpose of Taproot is to operate a shared-use certified commercial kitchen and food processing facility on Lopez Island, Washington. As a cooperative we want to provide local food processors access to a certified commercial kitchen on a nonprofit-basis. Our goal is to promote and support local entrepreneurship while fostering connections between food, land stewardship, and the health and economic wellbeing of our community. This kitchen is another step in our community’s journey towards a greater food independence.
It is vitally important that local producers have a place to make their products, and it is fitting that the cost of that facility be shared by many hands. This kitchen will benefit all of us, by enabling small businesses to expand, innovate, and flourish. We hope to help people create healthy, locally made products that will eventually become an integral part of the food-web of the San Juan Islands.
We did not make our original $37,000 fundraising goal to build the Taproot Kitchen at the Homestead Building.
The nice Barnraiser staff allowed us to lower our goal to $10,000 and extend the duration of our campaign.
We will create a much simplified version of the Taproot kitchen in a building owned by Lopez Storage on Dill Road on Lopez Island. This is in the facility currently used by Randall Waugh, a Taproot Board Member, to make Chicaoji Sauce, already an WSDA-approved “food processing facility.”
The downside: Taproot will not be able to accommodate the many different kinds of users
we had planned for the Homestead Building.
The upside: We will be able to begin using the Dill Road facility immediately. In August we
began drying fruit in the commercial food dehydrator donated by Jim Birkemeier.
Locals can process food for personal consumption immediately. In fact, we’ve already dried a few hundred pounds of peaches, nectarines, apples, pears and asian pears. Email us to learn more about this.
Vendors who want to use the Dill Road space to make food for retail or wholesale must begin their applications with WSDA, but the cool thing is that the facility is already approved for one product. We must make some structural accommodations to include more processors and acquire some more equipment.
We still need help and money getting Taproot on Dill Road operational. Please visit our Barnraiser fundraising campaign at http://www.barnraiser.us/projects/taproot-a-lopez-community-kitchen Share this link with your friends and relations, and ask them to support our Taproot project. For your convenience here is shortened Barnraiser Taproot campaign address: http://bit.ly/2acl7u9
Taproot A Lopez Kitchen is a 501c(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization (EIN# 81-1346888).
Your contributions to Taproot are tax deductible.
We need help setting up this kitchen. Once set up and running, users will fund Taproot's day-to-day operations. We are excited to open the channel between food producers and consumers while supporting the creation of long-term sustainable livelihoods for local families.