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The Culinary Arts and Farm Education Program connects, inspires, and empowers community members.



The Culinary Arts and Farm Education (CAFE) Program is a 6-month, twice-a-week, program that spans the growing season. It is geared towards community members who are experiencing barriers to employment such as mental health challenges, lack of skills, difficulty accessing training programs etc.


It offers participants:

  • cooking skills

  • sustainable farming/gardening skills

  • life skills such as communication and teamwork

  • access to healthy food & outdoor activities

  • direct connections to meaningful employment

We also offer a series of industry-relevant service training certificates such as FoodSafe & First Aid.

Towards the end of the program, we work with participants individually to assess when and how they are ready for employment. We facilitate entry into employment made possible by local employment partners.

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The CAFE Program is run out The Start Fresh Kitchen and out of Wise Earth Farm, which is a small-scale produce farm just 10mins from the kitchen space. The weekly classes (Wednesdays from 10am - 2pm) are divided between these two spaces and students complete one apprenticeship shift per week in addition to the weekly class. The 2019 program runs from April - Sept and we are currently accepting applications! If you would like more information, please contact us at info@startfreshproject.com