Northfield Community Kitchen

Welcome to the Northfield Community Kitchen Forum. We welcome your ideas and comments.


Click Here to take the Northield Community Kitchen Needs Survey


EATING LOCAL:  The Case for a Northfield Community Kitchen


We have all heard about the numerous benefits to the environment, our communities and health of eating locally produced food. We understand how eating food from local farms greatly benefits rural economies by keeping food dollars in the community. We know fresh, seasonal produce is a source of unrefined, whole food that is better for our bodies. We know that supporting small farms keeps land in the hands of those who will be stewards of our environmental resources and that food traveling less distance generates fewer carbon emissions and decreases dependence on fossil fuels. We understand that producing food close to home can create a more secure food system that is insulated from the potential health threats generated by industrially produced food. 


The question now has become:  How do we do accomplish these goals?  One key piece is a community kitchen facility available to all Northfield residents, community groups, small business owners and farmers.  We feel the time for a Northfield Community Kitchen has come.



We are working to create a community kitchen here in Northfield. This kitchen will be "certified" so that the products made there can legally be sold to the public.


The space and equipment will be available for rent on an hourly basis. Along with the kitchen facility itself, we are hoping to be able to offer technical assistance to small business owners who may benefit from support in areas like business planning and safe food handling.


Who will use it and why?

The kitchen will be used for a variety of purposes by people from throughout our community.



Where will it be?

At this point in the planning process, we are exploring several options for our kitchen. One possibility is that it could be housed in the same building as the Just Food Co-op. If you have ideas for other possible locations, please contact us!


Who are we?

We are a small group of volunteers who are passionate about good food, local business, and a strong community in Northfield. You are welcome to join us! As we move forward we will be looking for organizational partners as well. If your group might like to play a role in bringing a community kitchen to Northfield, we would love to hear from you.




Needs Assessment






Vision, governance, and potential funding statement


Why we want this? - Erin B.


What will it be? - Erin B.


The Northfield Community Kitchen is


What is it used for?


  1. Enable local farmers to produce value added products
  2. Provide space for catering businesses
  3. Host cooking classes
  4. Enable large scale canning and preserving
  5. Create deli for co-op
  6. Enable commercial production of cooked/baked food
  7. Create a place for people to socialize

Where could it be located? - Erin B.


  • adjacent to Just Food Co-op
  • near Just Food Co-op
  • downtown Northfield
  • light industrial area
  • rural area

Governance: What are other community kitchens like? - Luigi S.


Name Primary Activity Governance Structure
Connect Community Kitchen Community cooking  
The Three Stone Hearth Prepared food for home consumption worker-owned cooperative
United Way Community Kitchen Serving meals for low- and moderate- income families nonprofit
La Cocina Community Kitchen Business incubator nonprofit
America's Second Harvest - Community Kitchen Job training, serving meals nonprofit
Rockingham Community Kitchen Value-added food products county government agency
Tufts Community Kitchen Project Social work university program
Coulee Region Business Center Commercial Kitchen  Business incubator  
Bela Sol Community Supported Kitchen Community cooking cooperative


How will it be funded? - Kirsten




Physical description of potential kitchen

What will it look like?



Who are developing this idea?


Erin Barnett, grant writer

Vera Chang, <> Carleton College student, Food Truth

Angel Dobrow, <>, 612-216-1206, mom and food activist

Olivia Frey <>, The Center for Sustainable Living

Regi Haslett-Marroquin, <>, Latino Enterprise Center

Erin Johnson, <>, 507-645-2871, owner-farmer, Open Hands Farm

Ann Occhiato, <>

Luigi Sison, <>, 612-281-2551, teaching chef, luigicooks

Hillary Wiener <>, Carleton College student, children cooking teacher




Date Task/Milestone
2/3 First drafts will be posted on wiki site
2/8 Remaining committee members will comment.
2/11 meeting at Kirsten’s house at 7 pm (403 Nevada St. Nfld)
 2/20 Finalize white paper/survey form
 3/3 Review progress of needs survey @ Angel's house 7pm 1301 Wash st
 3/31 Complete needs survey
  Prepare business plan