Vote now, and every day through the end of July, for the Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center (PBCRC) Community Commercial Kitchen Project at http://www.supernovablc.com/vote.
The lucky winner receives $10,000 cash and in-kind professional services to implement a business plan that benefits the community. PBCRC was selected as a semi-finalist in the Supernova Business Launch Competition hosted by North Central Washington Economic Development District (NCWEDD).
Earlier, the PBCRC received a USDA grant to build the community kitchen and install basic equipment. According to an email from PBCRC Director Grace Larsen, the $10,000 prize money would be used for business start-up costs, website development, and more kitchen equipment. “PBCRC is an outlier in the semi-finalists as the only nonprofit,” she said in the email.
PBCRC has been laying the groundwork for a local USDA-certified commercial kitchen ever since the realization of the benefits of a shared kitchen to the community. According to their website, www.paterosresource.com, “Local farmers and home food producers need a USDA certified commercial kitchen to process and sell their goods. A shared kitchen keeps start-up costs and overhead low and helps get their food businesses off the ground.” The community kitchen would create jobs and provide skills training, and fulfill the PBCRC mission with nutrition education and access to local food by local people. Support PBCRC by voting online every day. Donations can also be made through their website.
Apple Pie Jamboree pies are still available for order online through the month of July or until the fruit runs out. Visit www.paterosapj.org to order an apple pie for $15. All proceeds support Pateros youth programs. Follow along on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ApplePieJamboree.
Recent events on Gold Creek confirmed: bears and bees are determined creatures. Years ago, Mark Hoffman erected an electric fence around his Gold Creek beehives to deter curious bears. The bees, however, did not approve of the enclosure and up and left … choosing to settle in spare hive equipment Mark had piled next to a garage. The bees were quite happy in their stack of mismatched hive boxes perched precariously on a bench, in between old farm equipment, an apple tree, and a graying garage with stained glass windows. For years, the bees were content and productive until a young bear discovered them early this summer.
Mark awoke early one June morning to find the hive open and frames scattered under the old apple tree. He reassembled the hive inside the old electric fence enclosure. The bees went about their daily business — collecting pollen and nectar. The bear returned that night, barreling through the fence for a sweet and salty bee buffet. In the morning, Mark put the frames and boxes back into place, looking around for a secure place where the bear could not go. The old outhouse beckoned. It’s a nice outhouse, painted red, with two rooms. An inner wall separates the porcelain commode from a washbasin. Windows on either side allow airflow. Mark placed the hive into the outhouse and opened the windows before locking the door from the outside. The bees went right back to work, buzzing in and out of the windows with their loads of pollen and nectar.
The next morning, the hive frames were scattered on the ground outside the outhouse. The young bear had climbed through the windows and tossed frames full of sweet juicy snacks out the window to enjoy in the cool dark grass.
Mark once again reassembled the hives. This time, he screwed down 2-by-4s over the windows, leaving just enough space for a bee. For a solid month, the bees continued about their business in peace. The bear was finally deterred. This last week, the bees found a new home — leaving behind their upscale outhouse for something more suitable.