Should you build a commercial kitchen?

Eric Nusbaum, Ph.D. of Wheelwright Consultants spoke about Commercial Kitchen Planning and Design at the 2013 Harvest New England Ag. Marketing Conference & Trade Show in Sturbridge, MA.

Eric Nusbaum spoke on Commercial Kitchen Planning & Design at the 2013 Harvest New England Ag. Marketing Conference

Farm-based food operations draw visitors and encourage them to stay longer on the farm. “The longer they stay, they more they spend,” explained Eric Nusbaum, Ph.D. of Wheelwright Consultants in Greenfield, MA. Nusbaum shared his experience at the 2013 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show in Sturbridge. MA.

Commercial kitchens can turn excess agricultural products into packaged foods or value-added products. To produce foods and meals for café or restaurant guests, you need a commercial kitchen.

While costly up front, commercial kitchens offer many income-earning opportunities. Like any enterprise, think like businessperson and develop a thorough business plans before embarking on large projects like this. [Read more about commercial design and planning here.]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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