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Our History

CLiCK began in 2009 after local residents and members of the Willimantic Food Co-op holding a strong interest in food

and sustainability discussed the idea of a shared processing kitchen and ways to better serve farmers in the

Windham area. The initial impetus for CLiCK was to provide local farmers a place to process their goods so as to add

value to their raw materials.  For example, if a local farmer can turn tomatoes marked as seconds into salsa, then this

adds greatly to his/her initial investment, while also reducing the carbon footprint of that salsa by having it processed

locally.

 

CLiCK’s funding began with a pilot grant from the Access Community Action Agency as part of their poverty reduction

program.  As a result, CLiCK expanded its vision to include addressing issues of poverty through many other aspects of

food. Therefore, CLiCK’s mission expanded to include serving the needs of small entrepreneur chefs and bakers

who will now be able to rent a commercially licensed kitchen enabling them to sell their products legally and grow their

businesses.  Additionally, CLiCK recognized the need to provide a site for culinary job training, including ServSafe

and classes in healthy food preparation, as well as in health and nutrition.  With these classes, CLiCK seeks to work with

underserved populations including low-income seniors, children and youth, new parents, those with food related

illness (obesity, diabetes, celiac, high cholesterol…etc) and anyone else who seeks to improve their nutritional and/or

culinary knowledge. These classes are taught by CLiCK members and by our community partners.

 

CLiCK became incorporated in 2011 and purchased its current building at 41 Club Rd in 2014. Since then CLiCK

has totally redone the building to include two commercial kitchens, lots of culinary and processing equipment, storage

space and a teaching kitchen and classroom space, plus the grounds with fruit trees and a labyrinth. All of this work that

has been done has been generously funded over the years by the following grants and foundations:

  • Department of Economic Development / Community Economic fund
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Connecticut Department of Agriculture
  • The Jeffery Ossen Foundation
  • The Windham Welfare Fund
  • Savings Bank of Manchester
  • The Willimantic Food Co-Op

We have also been generously funded by many community members. CLiCK continues to be funded by these grants and foundations and by our community, making it possible of CLiCK to achieve our important mission.  

 

CLiCK’s Grounds

In 2014 CLiCK planted a 33 tree orchard and ten blueberry bushes all donated by Pride’s Corner. Since then we have

had two successful harvests.  We have put in wood chip paths and invite the community to come and see the apples,

peaches, plums and cherries grown! We also have a large community garden space that provides organic herbs and

vegtables to CLiCK members / kitchen users, as well a place to run gardening classes. We have two beehives that

provide pollinators to our gardens, have collected honey that is used by our manager Rachael and have built a labyrinth

that is in the back for those seeking a peaceful place to contemplate.