The Frenchtown Neighborhood Improvement Association received a grant for $500,000.00 from the US Department of Agriculture in 2018 and a $250,000.00 grant from the City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency. This money was marked for the creation of a shared kitchen devoted to the training of individuals and support for business entities wanting to commercially prepare or handle food that would be offered for wholesale, resale, or distribution. Today, “Kitchen Share” is a reality thanks to the dedication of many hard-working volunteers and staff members. FNIA Executive Director Jim Bellamy and Kitchen Share Manager Rose Garrison will talk with Brien about this remarkable contribution to the Tallahassee economy. Kitchen Share will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, May 18th from 10am to 3 pm. The Kitchen Share program advances economic opportunity, creates jobs and supports the growth of the local food system in the Frenchtown community and beyond. The closest commercial facility of its kind within 100 miles is in Panama City.
Hurricane Michael killed hundreds, devastated the natural environment, destroyed homes, farms, and businesses, and forever changed the lives of thousands of people across our region. Brian Buschmann and Anna Galjour are 2 of those people. After losing their home and their startup business in Panama City, they were left trying to pull together the pieces while continuing to care for Brian’s infant son. In March, they opened their business in Midtown Tallahassee and re-named it “Spear-It Nutrition”. Their mutual interest in health and nutrition gives them the unique ability to provide their customers with healthy smoothies, energy teas, iced coffee, and aloe shots. They also provide wellness coaching to lose weight, gain muscle and increase energy. They also serve breakfast and lunch!