March 9, 2017

Shared-Use Community Kitchen

 Shared-Use Community Kitchen is open for business!

Have you ever thought of making money cooking or baking? 

Do you have a family recipe that you think others would love as well?

Are you an entrepreneur looking for a space to make your product for market?

Join our low-risk, shared-use community kitchen at 3910 Clifton Road in Greensboro, NC!

We will accept the next round of Kitchen Connect GSO applications from January 8 - February 5, 2018! 

Our kitchen is a part of Kitchen Connects GSO, an incubator program for local food business entrepreneurs supported by a multi-organization partnership and a USDA Local Food Promotion Grant. To apply to the Kitchen Connects GSO incubator prog ram, please visit  https://www.kitchenconnectsgso.com/ and click the "Apply" tab. 

What is a low-risk, shared-use community kitchen?

Low-risk: Only low-risk packaged food can be prepared in our kitchen. This includes: certain categories of baked goods, jams and jellies, candies, dried mixes, spices, certain sauces and liquids, and pickles and acidified foods. High-risk foods, such as products containing meat or bone, cannot be prepared here.

Shared-use: “A shared‐use commercial kitchen is a kitchen facility where local entrepreneurs, caterers and instructors can prepare and process their food products for the consumer market or hold cooking classes and demonstrations. These facilities are generally rented by the hour […]. Instead of taking on the considerable financial commitment of opening a private commercial kitchen, new or expanding small food businesses can take advantage of shared‐use commercial kitchens to help grow their enterprise[…]” ( from: The Shared Use Kitchen Planning Toolkit)

Community: Out of the Garden Project has the space and support to help you turn your recipes into market ready products. We know that starting a food business comes with many expenses, and hope our shared-use kitchen can create access and economic opportunity for our neighbors in Guilford County. Working in our kitchen means you can share experience and resources with a community of food entrepreneurs.

Kitchen: Our kitchen includes a 4-burner range, convection oven, 20 quart commercial mixer, microwave oven, stainless steel tables for safe and sanitary food prep, a fridge for cooling during production, and a locked space for dry storage.

  • Requirements: To use the kitchen, you must be certified through a ServeSafe or NC Safe Plate within the last 5 years. You must also have proof of insurance, and meet any required certifications and inspections. We can help with that!
  • Find other resources, including rental rates and other fees, on our Shared Use Kitchen Resources Page.

In the News

Take a video tour of Out of the Garden Project's shared-use kitchen, when FOX8 visited to cover our opening on April 14, 2017. Click here to see the full story.

WFMY 2 reported on Kitchen Connects GSO, highlighting Wolf Daddy Pimento Cheese on June 20, 2017. Click here to see their interview with Angie Johnson of the Greensboro Curb Market, and Amanda Cox Lucas of Wolf Daddy Pimento Cheese.

Watch behind the scenes with FOX8 as Maggie Infield of Zenfield Kombucha deomonstrates her process in our kitchen on July 19, 2017. Click here to see the full story.

Zenfield Kombucha was also highlighted by YES!Weekly in an August 8, 2017 article about kombucha makers in the Triad. Click here to read about how Maggie got started. 

Meet Food Entrepreneurs Using Our Kitchen

We are excited to welcome our first round of food entrepreneurs from Kitchen Connects GSO into our kitchen this summer! If you are interested in seeing what they're selling, look for the "Kitchen Connects GSO" tent at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market on Saturdays, 7am - 12 pm. Also check out their websites and Facebook pages, as they expand to other markets!

Fermentology Foods, LLC: Specializing in handcrafted ferments. Live, unpasteurized. Find our products at various farmers markets in Greensboro, NC.

PaleoLove: PaleoLove Company creates Momma's Mammoth Munch a grain free cereal sold at various markets in Greensboro, NC.

Wolf Daddy Pimento Cheese: Howling good pimento cheese - We use only premium ingredients, never any fillers or added preservatives. We thinks it's the best on the market and hope you'll try some. We think you'll agree!

Zenfield Kombucha: Zenfield Kombucha is a small batch, artisan brewed Kombucha company that only uses the highest quality of USDA certified organic ingredients. Each batch is packed with raw, good for your gut love.

Warner Foods

Sauce by Kooi

Syrup and More

For more information about the kitchen, contact our Community Kitchen Coordinator Quina Weber-Shirk using the form below, or call (336) 430-6070 ext. 3 (you may also call to schedule a tour).