Help Us Purchase a Blast Freezer to Preserve Food
Idea Works is based in downtown Mansfield and is the passion project of a small but dedicated team who is proud to call Richland County home and strives every day to nurture entrepreneurs - providing them with the space they need to help turn their ideas into successful businesses. At Idea Works, we offer a variety of coworking spaces, a state of the art podcast studio and the Entrepreneurs' Kitchen, which is focused on supporting food-based businesses.
This year for the Richland Gives campaign, we have set a goal of raising $10,000 for a blast freezer that will benefit the Richland Gro-Op, a cooperative of local farmers who utilize the Entrepreneurs' Kitchen to make fresh, local food available for businesses and residents in Richland County. The freezer will allow the farmers to save (and sell!) more of their harvest, which would otherwise go to waste. Their success is our success, and all of it serves to strengthen the local economy in this place we all call home.
When the COVID-19 pandemic caused distribution channels to shut down for an extended period of time, farmers scrambled to sell their crops to avoid financial loss. We want to support our local farmers by offering the resources they need to grow their businesses and ways to preserve their unsold produce for additional revenue.
The Idea Works board has never stopped its mission to support local food entrepreneurs. They are always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with other area businesses to help with the long term goal of building a vibrant, thriving food campus. This year, they are raising funds to purchase a blast freezer for the Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen so that farmers and community members can easily preserve produce and meals for resale.
“We believe that the best lives begin with sharing food,” said Annamarie Fernyak, founder. “As entrepreneurs search for their way to create, develop and share their talent and passion for food, the Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen is the perfect way to incubate business growth and engage food enthusiasts.”