Our current kitchen was built in 1995 and certainly shows its age. Our new kitchen will serve three purposes that the old kitchen is not able to live up to.
First, the farm now provides sustainable, naturally grown vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, and other value-added products to farmers' markets twice a week. The new kitchen will increase our efficiency and provide a clean environment to produce quality wares.
Second, as we get our budding hostel off the ground, we need to be able to provide a warm, inviting food preparation area for our guests. The old kitchen would certainly make the Munsters feel at home, but our new kitchen will give guests a reason to return to the farm.
Third, we need to offer interns, volunteers, and participants in our educational workshops a place to prepare their meals that will leave them with a good impression and thus increase the likelihood that they will return in the future.
Risks and challenges
Construction is expensive,so the challenge is obtaining the materials we need and getting them to the farm. However, we have a huge community of fellow farmers and friends who have helped in locating and providing materials for the first two structures that we have completed for our hostel, and because of our reputation in the community for being hard working and persistent we should have no trouble locating materials at reasonable cost. Much of the money we are requesting will go into roofing materials and nails, and we will spend a great deal of time before construction locating and hauling lumber that we can get at low cost at places like Habitat for Humanity stores or excess from other farms.
Another challenge is finding someone who is qualified to construct a safe, beautiful structure since I am a farmer, not a builder. Fortunately, Nate, a former volunteer who built the first cabin for our proposed hostel, is returning to the farm in two weeks to spend the winter building our new kitchen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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