Do You Want to Become a Food Entrepreneur?
By Mary Jane Butters
A fully-equipped research kitchen is now available for testing and
development of processed food and herbal products by local
entrepreneurs. I invite anyone interested in developing and marketing
value-added food products to use the kitchen for only five dollars per
Dirt Farm School Apprentice Mick DeLamarter perfects a
garlic scape recipe in the new experimental kitchen open to
the public at MaryJanesFarm, Moscow, Idaho.
The kitchen equipment, valued at approximately $10,000, is on long-term
loan from the Clearwater Resource Conservation and Development Council,
Inc. The kitchen includes a fruit press, food dryer, pressure cookers
and food processors.
The council loaned the equipment to the Pay Dirt Farm School, a
non-profit organization we created to offer apprenticeships in planting,
growing, harvesting, marketing, storing, and preserving wholesome food.
The equipment is now installed at MaryJanesFarm, our organic farm about
eight miles southeast of Moscow.
“The council originally purchased this equipment, with US Department
of Agriculture funding, to provide an incubator for new companiesto give
people with good ideas for new herbal and food products an opportunity to perfect
recipes and begin marketing. We wanted to help people help themselves,”
explained RC&D coordinator Dan Pierce of Moscow. The equipment was purchased
by the council for use in an incubator kitchen planned by the Clearwater Sustainable
Network at the Elderberrys store at Clarkston. The store closed in December
of 2001. Pierce said that the offer by the Pay Dirt Farm School was the proposal
for use of the equipment that best fulfilled the original purpose. The kitchen
will be available at low cost, and as time allows, I will share our decade of
experience in food development, packaging, and marketing at no charge to entrepreneurs
using the facility.
Dan Pierce also encourages future food entrepreneurs to use this
kitchen. He said, “We urge people to take advantage of this
opportunity. For only five dollars per hour, they can use the kitchen
and take advantage of the free consultation Mary Jane is willing to
offer. This is certainly a very good deal.”
Our business and operating philosophy focuses on building a local
network of suppliers (growers and processors) of organic grains,
vegetables, herbs, and other food products. We want to provide reliable
sources of income for our suppliers and brainstorm with local farmers
their ideas for value-added food products. This kitchen will help us
attain those goals.
Anyone interested in reserving time at the kitchen is urged to call me at
208-882-6819 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Jane Butters has been developing, testing, and marketing her food
products since 1989.