Plumbing and wiring are ready to cover. We begin installing insulation and sheetrock right away. After that we will need to mud, tape and paint. After that we’ll resurface the floor and start moving equipment into the kitchen!
We’re going to need construction volunteers soon. Watch your email if you’ve already signed up to help or write us a email@example.com to find out how to help.
$10,000 Challenge Grant met!
We all did it! Thanks to all the generous donations, the Taproot Matching Funds Challenge has been not only been met but exceeded!
We collected almost $13,000!
Read the Islands Weekly article about Taproot’s fundraising success and community commitment.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support!
CoolBot walk-in cooler loaded with food for Winter!
The CoolBot walk-in cooler has apples, pears, asian pears, buckets of pickles and a LOT of kiwi fruit. Some of this belongs to individuals but the vast bulk of fruit put into the CoolBot this season has been picked by the Lopez Island Gleaners. They’ve picked about 9,000 pounds of fruit so far this year!
The Gleaner program has two operational “branches” coordinated by the energetic Dixie Budke.
- Lopez Island Family Resouce Center Harvest Glean Team: Picks fruit
- Lopez Locavore Culinary Glean Team: Processes fruit
The Taproot Coolbot provides critical infrastructure to support both of these branches. Cold storage allows the fresh fruit to be preserved until it can either be served directly or processed into value added products like sauces, frozen and dried fruit, juices and so forth. This collaboration feeds the community through the Lopez Fresh Food Bank, Senior Meals, and the kids at school.
…And back to the upgrade update…
Pitch in and help with the construction phase. Contact us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> for details. This is going to be fun!!
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The Taproot Community Kitchen on Dill Road has been serving two WSDA producers, Chicaoji Sauce and Kraut Pleasers, and has also hosted a number of non-commercial endeavors like a kim chee workshop and the drying of hundreds of pounds of Lopez fruit. The day to day operations of the kitchen are entirely covered by the users, and the more users we have, the lower the costs and the more improvements we can make.
Existing facilities work fine for value added products that obtain their processing authority from the WSDA (Washington State Dept of Agriculture). Direct-to-Consumer vendors (Farmers Market, catering, food trucks, etc.) need a few changes to meet San Juan County Health Dept regulations.
Current project: Plumbing and lighting upgrade
- install plumbing improvements
- install additional prep sink sinks
- improve lighting
- upgrade ventilation fan
- install a brand new 80 gallon hot water heater. (Thanks to the Lopez Island Thrift Shop for donating this specific item.)
- refinish the floor
- install vinyl wall panels
- finish up drywall and painting
Can you help?
- Minor construction
- Install sheetrock, mud and tape (We are talking about 10 sheets at most)
- Miscellaneous labor
Work will be ongoing. We’ll let you know by email so get on our list! Email us at email@example.com
- We need volunteer labor. If you want to help, email us at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. We will schedule you in.
- Donate –
- Donate securely on our website via PayPal at https://lopeztaproot.org/donate/ .
- Send a check to PO Box 551, Lopez Island, WA, 98261
- Please forward this message to anyone you think might like to support local food production on Lopez Island.
Email us at email@example.com…. or talk to Jean at the Vortex Cafe after 3:00 PM Wednesday – Saturday.