Through Harvest Kitchen in Rhode Island, at-risk youth create a line of value-added foods
The Harvest Kitchen Project is a 20-week culinary and job-readiness training program for youth within the Division of Juvenile Corrections. The youth create a line of high-quality preserved foods using ingredients sourced from local farmers at a certified kitchen in Pawtucket.
Products made in the Harvest Kitchen are sold at local stores, farmers markets and to wholesale customers – including in bulk quantities to institutions – via Farm Fresh RI's Market Mobile. In the long-term, proceeds from sales will sustain the Harvest Kitchen program. We envision forging strong partnerships in the community that benefit farmers and provide healthy options for consumers, restaurants, and institutional food service buyers.
The Harvest Kitchen staff also aims to foster good relationships with employers who provide employment/internship opportunities to our graduates to further their job readiness and employable job skills.
Watch this video about Harvest Kitchen: