Since its founding in 1999, economic development has always been at the core of Goosefoot's work in our community. Past projects that have added to the economic vitality of South Whidbey, include: 1) restoring a Sears Kit Home; 2) renovating the historic Bayview Cash Store; 3) purchasing 9 acres at Bayview Center; and 4) opening the Goose Community Grocer.
We understand small businesses form the backbone of a rural community such as ours. Goosefoot's current focus is supporting new businesses by offering free, relevant workshops. Resources such as the farm stand brochure assist our local farmers. We are also collaborating with the Port of South Whidbey on the development of a full-service shared commercial kitchen at the Island County Fairgrounds.
Goosefoot and the Port of South Whidbey are collaborating on developing a full-service, shared commercial kitchen at the Island County Fairgrounds.
We offer workshops geared towards all types of businesses, except for "Introduction to Food Business Licensing & Costs." In Fall 2017, we will offer more classes geared specifically toward value added food production in preparation for the opening of Whidbey Kitchen!
Supporting Our Local Food System
Goosefoot believes supporting our local food system is an important way to promote economic development and new business incubation on South Whidbey, in addition to contributing to our food security as a small island. We are doing this in several ways: 1) producing an annual farm stand brochure to connect consumers with local farmers; 2) developing an incubator commercial kitchen and; 3) financially supporting such projects as the South Whidbey School District Garden Program, Whidbey Island Grown, and Island Senior Resources (for the purchase of a new walk-in freezer serving their Meals on Wheels program).