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La Cocina gives new food entrepreneurs their jumpstart

The idea of encouraging entrepreneurship in the food industry in itself may not be innovative – but access to sustainable and natural foods is an unfortunate luxury.

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La Cocina opens the door for low-income, women or immigrant entrepreneurs looking to start a food business. They offer an incubator program, a test kitchen and support services and also promote organic, sustainable and local food sourcing for these business owners.

La Cocina’s role in the food supply chain is not founded on the changing production methods, its means of distribution or how healthy and natural products get to the dinner table, but it ensures that communities who have historically been left out of this conversation are provided with the right know-how to access these resources if they want to enter the food industry.


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Virada, Joanna guided me to your inspiration. La Cocina stood out to me first because of the architecture. I would pass it on the bus a few years back and I wondered what this little gem was. Then I had the chance to volunteer as a docent for the AIA House Tours and get to see a little more of the behind the scenes and the homes that are built in the back. Paulette Taggart Architects did the design go here for more images of the space. look under "work" then "civic/ community" this is such a great project for so many reasons.

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