Back in the Spring of 2012 I had the opportunity to do some volunteering as part of a service learning project for a Sociology course. While in the process of searching for non-profits, I had a dream that left the words “community kitchen” in my mind. The next day I searched for community kitchens in Portland and found an amazing organization in the midst of forming, Kitchen Commons. To add to the synchronicity of it all, I realized that I had worked with one of the founding organizers, Jocelyn Furbush, on an unrelated project several years prior. I called her up and began to find out what resource sharing was really about.
Kitchen Commons’ mission is to match kitchen resources with community need, making it affordable and practical to cook healthy food, putting the dream of a food business in reach of low-income entrepreneurs, and advocating for food justice. One of the biggest ways they are doing this is by creating a network of kitchens throughout the city for use by everyday citizens. Whether it’s making a commercial kitchen available for micro-enterprise, or finding a space to host a community cooking group, Kitchen Commons helps support these efforts through a variety of projects. For more information on these projects and how you can get involved, visit their website at kitchencommons.net.
Most importantly they hold plenty of potlucks and community cooking events. November 17th they will be hosting a Harvest Dinner fundraiser to support their cause. To stay up to date with their other activities and events, make sure to join their Facebook and Collaborate PDX Group page.