This Year's Project: Community teaching and commercial kitchen
About Our Organization
Seven years ago, we began our journey as Turning Point Farm by establishing our operation's infrastructure, procuring animals, and starting a garden, orchard and berry patch. Since then, we have served this community by participating in the Beatrice Farmers' Market every season, providing a weekly home delivery service, and creating opportunities for volunteerism and life skills learning among residents.
Through a series of life-changing events and a desire to see healthy food be accessible to all, Turning Point Farm took a leap of faith and became the non-profit organization called Food4Hope in 2018. Our mission is to provide food for the hungry and hope for the hopeless. We strive to make healthy, nutrient-dense food available to all people. Every step of our farming operation is rooted in the sincere belief that the health of the community begins by being good stewards of our land and animals, so not only is our food delicious, it is good for the Earth. We have been part of the local food system for seven years and look forward to bringing a community teaching and commercial kitchen to this community we love - a true local learning lab for life skills.
Current Project: Community teaching and commercial kitchen
Our farming operation has grown successfully over the course of seven years, enabling us to provide farm-fresh products to community members and organizations via our large garden, orchard, berry patch, free-range chickens and pasture-raised cattle. Over the years, we've ventured into providing value-added products, such as preserved foods and baked goods. We have also learned through our strong ties to the community that people are not just hungry for fresh, local food. They are hungry for education in nutrition, culinary skills and life skills.
With this is mind, we have been working hard to build a community teaching and commercial kitchen on our property. This labor of faith and love was initiated from our desire to provide help and support to individuals looking to learn safe food preparation and preservation methods, to gain invaluable life skills both in and out of the kitchen and to get more family meals on the table throughout our community. We've seen firsthand the transformation that can happen in a person's life when they are equipped to make better nutrition choices for themselves and those in their care.
Community Teaching and Commercial Kitchen Objectives:
- Help community members of all ages and backgrounds grow, find, afford, choose and use healthy foods to enhance their quality of life.
- Strengthen the connection between area food system leaders and educational and health care professionals working to improve the lives of community members.
- Support fellow local food professionals by providing access to a commercial kitchen in an effort to improve the health of our people, our economy and our environment.
Our building project to provide a local learning lab for life skills is currently underway! We are raising funds through the Big Give to outfit the community teaching and commercial kitchen with appliances and supplies. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile project!
Post harvest production area, community kitchen and resource center.
UPDATE! BREAKING NEWS! The top donor to Food 4 Hope during the Big Give will receive an exciting airplane ride over Beatrice!*
Having a post harvest production area and community kitchen and resource center is vital to the long term vision we have for the local food movement in Gage County and the surrounding area. This facility will allow Food4Hope to reach the fullness of our potential and maximize the impact we have on our community. The community kitchen will be a food hub networking the local community with cooks, growers, students and others interested in the local food movement. It will also be a place where people are taught about quality food, from nutrition, to growing, preparing, preserving, and beyond. We will be a food hub for the area where people in the community can come to cook, store, and learn about food and food systems. It will be a place to educate on healthy food preparation from scratch. Education efforts will target adults as well as children.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 for phase 1 of this project. The major items included in Phase 1 of our project include:
Plumbing - $6500 trenching and installing in and out plumbing
Electric - $1500 upgrading and updating the electrical system
Propane - $2000 installing 500 gallon tank and pipelines
Concrete flooring - $5000 foundational floor work
Walk-in cooler/freezer $10000 (used) The walk-in cooler/freezer will give us more food storage space, which in turn will give us the ability to plant more, harvest more, produce more food and feed more people.
*Minimum donation of $500 to qualify for the airplane ride