SUPPORTING A VIBRANT & RESILIENT COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEM
Teton Valley Kitchen is part of a larger effort (see Teton Food and Farm Coalition) to foster collaborative relationships, from food production to consumption and waste recovery, that enhance our social, economic and environmental health.
A Kitchen Incubator was identified as an important strategy for developing food and agricultural businesses in the Teton County Economic Development Plan, Teton View Regional Plan and Driggs Community Review. This is an industry Teton Valley is competitively positioned to grow. A feasibility study completed in March 2016 for the City of Driggs by the Research & Business Development Center in Rexburg concluded that a kitchen incubator was financially feasible in Driggs after reviewing survey data from local respondents along with national data sets on kitchen incubators and operating characteristics at facilities in similar communities.
Teton Valley Kitchen provides, at affordable rates, a licensed kitchen space, commercial grade equipment, training and business support services to enable food entrepreneurs to launch and grow small businesses that otherwise might not succeed without such shared resources. The incubator facility also provides space for culinary classes. The facility is a clean, safe and enjoyable place in which to work, with a manager supervising and supporting users in a collaborative environment. Partnering organizations (Teton Regional Economic Coalition, University of Idaho Extension Service, Teton County Fair Board, US Small Business Administration and Eastern Idaho Small Business Development Center) provide small business planning education and other support services (such as education for product development, marketing, packaging & distribution, inventory and financial management, etc.)