Thank you to Purppl who wrote this "looking back" article on Start Fresh. What a year it has been. Have a read!
"It started with a simple idea of hosting monthly cooking classes at the CMHA, and grew from a side step into a full-on journey. The classes were instantly popular. A farm was donated. The classes turned into the Culinary Arts and Farming Education (CAFE) Program, a free program that inspires folks about food while preparing them to rejoin the workforce by gaining education in cooking and farming skill sets. It also includes creating access to long-term, meaningful employment to help them thrive.
The Start Fresh Kitchen was created to help support the non-profit partner society, the Start Fresh Project, which created a unique for-profit / non-profit social enterprise. Michael Buffett and Sarah Martin, co-founders and life partners, began their version of the classic entrepreneurial story. Catering, boutique cooking classes, a restaurant, a non-profit and much more.
Signed life away to get a loan. Close friend and advisor invested in project. Partnership created to secure stable, long-term customers. Worked 80-100 hours per week. Catering, boutique cooking classes, a restaurant, a non-profit and much more. Paid themselves last, or not at all. Laughed. Cried. Loved. Employed 22 people within 12 months.
Overnight success story, right?"