October 12, 2012 by Tim Brown
Hundreds of Warren voters braved the wind and rain on October 15th to support the sale of the Main Street School to Hope and Main. On October 29th there will be an all day referendum as required by the Warren Town Charter at the Warren Town Hall….if you live in Warren, get out and vote.
It is exciting to see this project moving forward and we can’t wait to see it develop further. For more detailed information check out http://www.makefoodyourbusiness.org/
Last night I attended the open house for the Hope and Main culinary incubator at the Main Street School in Warren, RI. Hope and Main is a non-profit organization created to help food-based entrepreneurs produce and sell their products. They are currently pursuing purchase of the school to set up an incubator program for culinary entrepreneurs. Check out their website at http://www.makefoodyourbusiness.org/Home.html to learn all about this great organization and what it will bring to Warren and the state.
While my punny headline is horrible, I think this project is truly inspiring and I look forward to watching as it comes to fruition. The open house was a great event with local food from Tom’s Market Catering (tomsmarket.com), and several presentations about the organization, their mission and the plans for the building.
Architect Greg Spiess, AIA presented plans for the building, showing the different kitchens, community spaces and processing facilities that will be part of the facility at full build-out, as well as possibilities for the exterior, including pervious paving and space for a seasonal farmers market.
It’s ideas like this that can help the economy in Rhode Island to get back on track. This project focuses on local labor and knowledge which supports the local community and economy and at the same time has the potential for a broad reach once the foods produced begin to be sold elsewhere. It’s a win-win all around. Not surprisingly the Rhode Island Economic Development Commission rejected the groups loan requests while giving money to 38 Studios….great job folks. Why they did so is beyond me…this isn’t a hobby venture. It will create real jobs and real economic development in a creative and innovative way that appeals to a broad demographic.
A question will go before the voters of Warren on October 15th to decide if the town will go ahead with the sale of the former school building to the group. If it goes through they are one step closer to securing a 3 million dollar loan from the USDA.
If you know anyone in Warren make sure you tell them to get out and VOTE YES!!
I’m sure many people saw the article in the Sunday Projo but here’s a link just in case –