Due to an influx of new business builder scholarship recipient clients (see below), we will not be accepting new clients through the end end of this year.
In the meantime, there are many steps you can take to develop your business idea: business classes and planning with the Small Business & Technology Development Center, food safety training with Kalamazoo County Department of Environmental Health, and working under Michigan's Cottage Foods Law.
Our classes are done for the year but your canning adventures are just beginning. The harvest is really coming in now, so have fun in the kitchen!
Thank you so much to the farms who donated fresh produce:
Life simply wouldn't taste as good without these generous people!
Keep the canning momentum going with the People's Food Co-op's Can It Yo! event on Wednesday August 28th during the 100 Mile Market.
Saturday, June 22, 2:30-4:00 at 511 Harrison, Kalamazoo
We're sorry to say this class has been cancelled for now. It seems people want to be out in the sunshine enjoying summer! We will offer this class again in the fall.
From September 2013 - August 2014, seven scholarships of up to $8,000 will be available to people with food business ideas. Scholarship money will be used for kitchen rental and business incubation support services at the Can-Do Kitchen, business classes, ingredient and packaging materials, food safety licensing, graphic design and marketing, insurance, and promotional support. Scholarship recipients will become Can-Do Kitchen incubator clients, which helps entrepreneurs with business and financial planning, food industry connections, and business support.
We are also looking for people to serve on a selection committee to review scholarship applications. We are seeking people of varying races, gender identities, ages, ethnicities, abilities, backgrounds, and socio-economic levels who possess either marketing, business, financial, and/or community-building experience along with a passion for local and healthful food. Selection committee members will be asked to serve with 20 hours of meetings and reviewing applications.
Call (269)492-0261 or email Lucy@fairfoodmatters to receive an application or if you would like to talk about serving on the selection committee.
Please call Sheena or Lucy at 269-492-0261 or email us for more information. The Can-Do Kitchen is located at 511 Harrison St, in the People's Food Co-op building.