Nourish Farms, a farm-to-table nonprofit that provides nutrition education and hands-on food experiences, broke ground in mid-December 2019, on its community demonstration kitchen addition in Sheboygan Falls. The newly expanded 3,500 SF space at its new home – the historic Miley Barn – will allow the 10 year-old nonprofit to further expand its farm-to-school and farm-to-community programming.
“It’s amazing to see Nourish expanding its program potential at our new permanent home in the recently restored Miley Barn,” said Nourish Executive Director Rolf Johnson. “And now, with this community kitchen addition, we’ll be able to increase the impact of our educational programs, while also create a unique venue for the community that can engage even larger audiences with innovative, hands-on learning experiences tied to our good-food mission.” He added the community kitchen will also provide a fun, unique barn setting for customers interested in renting the space for weddings, events and meetings. The community demonstration kitchen is expected to be completed in Summer 2020.
The space is designed using sustainable materials and practices that reflect the nonprofit’s values and will provide ample community space for education and events. In addition to a commercial and demonstration kitchen, the area will include a dining area, support prep and storage. Large windows throughout the building help to frame the future outdoor garden space and patio area. The Miley Barn and kitchen will be connected by an enclosed breezeway.
Quasius Construction was hired by Nourish Farms to provide construction services for the new addition. “We are especially excited to work with the Nourish project team to achieve their goal of a facility that delivers a full farm-to-table education and food experience,” stated Matt Quasius, President of Quasius Construction. “The new space will be an asset for students, families, residents and food entrepreneurs throughout Sheboygan County interested in how to grow, prepare, cook and consume wholesome, local food.”
The historic Miley Barn, located at 100 Alfred Miley Avenue in Sheboygan Falls, was renovated and improved in 2018, and serves as the Nourish good-food educational center. The Miley property operated as a farm and dairy for 39 years up until the late 1960s.