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April 25, 2013

Garden-to-table cafe sprouts from global food movement

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Dana said she thinks there are a lot of people in Cooperstown who are accepting and excited about having alternative food options locally. 

“A lot of the businesses, especially restaurants, tend to cater to the baseball crowd, so having a gathering place for locals is a really nice addition to the Cooperstown landscape. I am not sure if there has been anything similar before,” Dana added. 

Since the café made its debut, the women have brought on another helper, Sandy Alles of Massachusetts, who is serving as the house baker.

Dana said she reconnected with Alles after having met him while attending college.

“Everything has kind of just fell into place and we are all kind of creating a plan as we go,” she said. “We are learning as we are doing.”

Origins is growing to become an edible education center with an emphasis on organic agriculture. Future goals include growing more produce on site, offering cooking classes and other gardening workshops and possibly working with area students. Dana said she recently finished a grant proposal to WWOOF that will hopefully allow the women to offer free cooking classes to high school students.

The cafe/greenhouse/garden space also serves as a venue for meetings of the local gardening group Growing Communities.

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