Catskills Kitchen & Local Business Start-Up

Support this community kitchen that provides space and technical assistance for local entrepreneurs in Sullivan County, bringing them from start-up to success!

Sullivan County's first shared-use kitchen and interactive classroom!

Demand for fresh, healthy, and locally grown food is growing in the United States – and we want to make sure that Sullivan County has a dedicated facility and educational program where the output of our local agricultural community can be transformed, value added, by local entrepreneurs into food products that find their way onto the shelves of the small-scale retailers on our Main Streets.

Our Catskills Kitchen Food Business Incubator Program provides the technical assistance people need to start their own food business, or even expand an existing business. We offer a variety of educational programs for both the beginner and expert. 

We provide resources and programming for the following:

  • Business Planning
  • Marketing
  • Financing Resources
  • Food Processing Rules and Regulations
  • Training in Value-Added Production
  • Food Labeling Requirements
  • Packaging and Distribution
  • Certification Training
  • Food Safety Classes
  • Assistance with navigating the licensing and permitting process
  • Assistance with accessing markets and purchasing from local farms

Not only do we provide technical assistance and educational programs to help people start or expand their food business dreams, but they can produce food products in a licensed kitchen facility in the Sullivan Catskills Kitchen! Serving farmers, restauranteurs, bakers, caterers, and other specialty food entrepreneurs. 

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About the Organization

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County

Since 1913, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.

Cornell Cooperative Extension's mission is to put knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

Extension staff and trained volunteers deliver educational programs, conduct applied research, and encourage community collaborations. Our educators connect people with the information they need in the program areas of:

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