Taproot Kitchen

Local economic opportunity — Support for sustainable agriculture — Island food resilience — Education about food safety and production


October 2018

$10,000 Challenge Grant Launched

Kitchen upgrade ongoing.

Look on the News page for more info.


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.

Taproot’s Mission

  1. Create jobs directly by providing facilities for adding value to agricultural products, particularly those grown locally. Shared infrastructure permits smaller entrepreneurs to develop their ideas/potentials without debilitating start-up costs
  2. Provide commercial grade equipment to help families to safely and efficiently process food for their own consumption and to share with their loved ones.
  3. Teach safe food handling and processing practices, facilitate small food business startups and general help to provide nourishment and livelihoods to the Lopez Island Community.


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