We aim to inspire people to grow and cook fresh and healthy foods, and to build a stronger community.

Who are we?

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Start Fresh took root with founder Michael Buffett. It started out as a non-profit organization that facilitates culinary and farm education programming to inspire people about food; teaching employment and life skills, while creating access to meaningful employment. We felt inspired to expand the project to reach more community members and offer better employment opportunities to our program participants. This is why we also launched The Start Fresh Kitchen, a social enterprise and collaborative kitchen space which hosts boutique cooking classes and caters events. For more info see:    startfreshkitchen.ca


Our Mission and Mandate


It is our belief that the entire community benefits when its most vulnerable members are empowered to lead better lives. Our mission is to contribute towards social equity in our community through  inspiring people about local food, and by increasing access to educational and employment opportunities.

Our mandate is to deliver programming which will empower vulnerable community members to make positive changes in their lives through connecting to local food via a farm-to-table approach. Connecting individuals to food through cooking and farming means encouraging improved well-being, as well as improving the long term potential for meaningful employment, quality of life and health.

The Start Fresh Project is proud to announce The Culinary Arts and Farm Education (CAFE) Program, combining farming experience with cooking skills in the Start Fresh Kitchen. In these sessions, students progress through achievement steps, and are given the responsibilities experienced in a restaurant and farm environment. 

Read more about the CAFE Program!

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News and Updates!

Michael and his team is working hard to expand the project with the help of other community groups. We now have access to a teaching farm on Gordon Drive that we use to grow food for classes, community groups and catering events. Word about the Start Fresh Project is spreading throughout the Okanagan and the team is getting involved in helping other organizations.

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A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.