Taproot is a nonprofit shared-use certified commercial food processing facility on Lopez Island, Washington.
Our goals are to promote and support local entrepreneurship by fostering strong connections between food and land stewardship while sustaining the physical health and economic well-being of our community.
It is vitally important that local producers have a place to make their products, and it is fitting that the cost of that facility be shared by many hands. This kitchen will benefit all of us, by enabling small businesses to expand, innovate, and flourish. We hope to help people create healthy, locally made products that will eventually become an integral part of the food-web of the San Juan Islands.
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“We need to think always more seriously and cooperatively about the urgent need for locally owned, appropriately scaled value-adding industries situated in the countryside.
So long as our rural communities are limited to the production of raw materials for export, they will bear the burdens that colonial people have always borne.
We need small food-processing and woodworking plants of all kinds, both to serve directly the local communities and to capture for those communities a larger share of the income from local products.
We need to find ways to promote local investment in such local enterprises.”
“A Long Job, Too Late To Quit” Citizenship Papers by Wendell Berry; Counterpoint, Berkeley, © 2003, 2014 by Wendell Berry ISBN 978-I-61902-437-3