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In the spirit of food, wellness, and business development, over 50 community members and organizational partners shared in a light fare social reception to celebrate the grand opening and official Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Entrepreneurial and Teaching (EaT) Kitchen in Liberty on January 31.
“Our EaT Kitchen is part of a movement where CCE and all of our partners are mobilizing to offer support for Sullivan County’s existing and potential businesses to be prepared for, and active participants in, the economic opportunities that are growing county-wide,” said Colleen Monaghan, CCESC Executive Director.
“Staff has already offered food preservation classes, accommodated the first entrepreneurial users, and is working with the Sullivan BOCES culinary department and SUNY Sullivan to bring some innovative food-related programs and events to the community in 2015.”
Local chefs will have the opportunity to provide cooking and food preservation workshops or rent the space and offer their own private lessons, organizations can offer family nutrition classes, and Sullivan County producers can explore ways to bring new products to market through CCESC programming.
“The Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Entrepreneurial and Teaching Kitchen is an innovative example of how to support local entrepreneurs who are starting and developing agricultural and healthy food related businesses. The EaT Kitchen also teaches families about healthy foods and nutrition,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).
“I was pleased to visit the facility at its groundbreaking and to support federal funding for its programs. I am glad to see how organizations and community members throughout Sullivan County are working together to promote economic opportunities for local agriculture and teaching the community about healthy foods.”
The offerings and partnerships that exist between Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County and agencies including the US Department of Agriculture, the Town of Liberty, Sullivan County Government, the Industrial Development Agency, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, and others are essential components of CCESC’s participation in a much larger economic development picture.
“We’re so thrilled by the support and enthusiasm of the community and are looking forward to continued collaboration on projects that will prepare Sullivan County residents for this time of optimism and growth. The EaT Kitchen is another spark to keep that momentum going,” said Monaghan.
The public is encouraged to visit the website at www.sullivancce.org or call 845-292-6180 for more information on how to rent the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County EaT Kitchen,
for small-scale business, educational opportunities, or to register for a workshop.