How will the Kitchen help preserve our local farms, of which there are over 250 located within a 30 mile radius of the Dartmouth Grange?
One way is to increase the value of farm products. This can be done in many ways including cleaning, cooling, cooking, combining, drying, labeling, packaging, distribution, etc. And in addition to offering a higher economic return, value-added products can open new markets, create recognition for a farm and expand the market season. Another way is to encourage the growth and development of specialty food processing businesses, which can also make a positive contribution to our farms sustainability, by purchasing produce directly from the farmer.
The Grange Kitchen’s vision is to help farm and food businesses thrive, in turn, contributing to the social, economic, and ecological well being of our communities.