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


Our Beginning

Start Fresh took root with founder Michael Buffett. It started out as a non-profit organization that facilitates culinary education programming to inspire people about food; teaching employment and life skills, while creating access to meaningful employment. This is how our team was formed, and the talented chefs involved in this project are taking the knowledge and skills from this experience to build a Collaborative Kitchen, creating a truly community kitchen that will host events, produce catering, and facilitate boutique cooking classes.    startfreshkitchen.ca


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


Michael and his team is working hard to expand the project with the help of other community groups. They now have access to a teaching farm on Gordon Drive that they will use to grow food for their 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 community gardens.

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Our Mission

Kelowna is the second worst district in Canada to find work. To combat this adversity, The Start Fresh Project seeks to nourish our community at the most fundamental level with education, employment skills, build healthy residents and a strong support network. Surplus foods are donated to low-income families, and local non-profit and community groups.

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

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Get Involved

 If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.

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