Monday, February 26, 2024

2 CFCC students construct outdoor kitchen for local farm

Stephen Maloy, John Wojciechowski and Christian Neff at Willowdale Farms’ new outdoor kitchen, designed by the CFCC students with help of their instructor. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — A 3D outdoor kitchen was finalized for a local nonprofit earlier this week.

Two Cape Fear Community College sustainability technology students, Stephen Maloy and Christian Neff, designed the outdoor cook space for the local nonprofit Willowdale Urban Farm.

The project started in January of 2023 and involved Maloy and Neff designing the space to feature a U-shaped countertop, attached triple sink, and a trash enclosure. The students worked for three months preparing the kitchen to ensure the construction material was resilient and durable against water, sand, and other mixtures.  

The project was complete with the help of instructor John Wojciechowski and input from the farms’ directors. The space will host food tastings, cooking demonstrations, and other community events.

The farm is a special project of Community Enrichment Initiatives.

“We are very grateful for the outstanding design and construction of our new outdoor kitchen,” Dolores Williams, co-director of Community Enrichment Initiatives, said in a release. “The kitchen is not only functional, but it is also beautiful. … The triple sink and expansive countertop make field washing and packing our fresh vegetables more efficient.”

Willowdale Urban Farm opened in 2015 and offers fresh produce to Wilmington residents that face food insecurities. According to Willowdale, the “farm is a hub for community services, experiential learning, and volunteering opportunities.”

It’s 2 acres of land has provided 12,000 pounds of food annually since opening at no cost to the community. The kitchen will have a groundbreaking ceremony at noon on Friday, June 2, at 301 N. 30th St.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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