This Year's Project: Post harvest production area, community kitchen and resource center.
Six years ago we began our journey as Turning Point Farm, by establishing the infrastructure, getting animals and starting the garden, orchard, and berry patch. We established ourselves at the Beatrice Farmer's Market and through a weekly delivery service to homes and businesses delivering our farm fresh organic eggs, delicious, award-winning breads, seasonal produce and other goodies. Through a series of life changing events and a desire to see healthy food accessible to everyone,and wanting to connect excellent nutrition with excellent health to impact the community, Turning Point Farm took a leap of faith and become a non-profit organization called Food4Hope.
Our mission as Food4Hope is to bring food to the hungry and hope to the hopeless. We exist to produce clean, organically grown, nutrient-dense, high quality food that is good for the earth and good for the table. We impact people through excellent nutrition, education, and lifestyle transformation. We believe healthy people create healthy communities.
Current Project: Post harvest production area, community kitchen and resource center.
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.