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HARVEST KITCHEN

We are a culinary job training program for youth ages 16–19 involved with the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). Trainees work to create our full line of value-added products — from pickles to applesauce — using ingredients sourced from local farms, and get hands-on retail experience selling their goods at farmers markets and in our café.

Our training program is supported in part by proceeds from our line of youth-made products and by our Local Foods Café in downtown Pawtucket, open Monday through Friday 10am to 3pm at 2 Bayley Street, on the corner of Main Street. Enter our parking lot from Main Street. Thank you for supporting us with your purchase!

230 Youth

Received job training at Harvest Kitchen

116 Local Farms

Sourced for our cafe and jarred products

28 Products

Made with produce from local farms

*Metrics represent years 2010-2021.

LOCAL FOOD CAFE
CONNECTING COMMUNITY
We are dedicated to supporting the farmers and food producers of our region by using locally grown and locally made ingredients throughout our café menu, and offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options as well as those for meat-lovers!
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VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS
TRANSFORMING THE LOCAL HARVEST
We work with local farmers to reduce food waste by utilizing B-grade, surplus, and gleaned produce in our line of signature value-added products. Youth in our culinary training program get valuable hands-on experience creating these delicious items for you to enjoy. LEARN MORE

CULINARY JOB TRAINING
TEACHING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Our 20-week culinary job training program offers small-group sessions for youth referred by DCYF. Our trainees participate in a 15-week curriculum that includes farm visits, kitchen safety, nutrition, and cooking essentials, followed by a 5-week paid internship. Through teamwork we build close relationships, and offer continuing support to all our participants. LEARN MORE

PROCESSING KITCHEN
SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS
We provide co-packing services to local growers, creating value-added items using a farm’s own recipe. And we offer private-label partnerships, producing our signature recipes for local farms to sell under their labels. LEARN MORE

PROGRAM IN ACTION

Meet Us

Learn more about our nonprofit job readiness training program for underserved teens — where youth transform the local harvest, and the local harvest transforms them. Many thanks to the Papitto Opportunity Connection for creating this video.