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CFCC student project culminates in new outdoor kitchen for local non-profit

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Sustainability Technology students, Stephen Maloy (left) and Christian Neff (right) pose with instructor John Wojciechowski (center) at the completed outdoor kitchen.

Wilmington, NC – A capstone project for two Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) Sustainability Technology students, Stephen Maloy, and Christian Neff, has culminated with the construction of a new outdoor kitchen for a local non-profit. With the assistance of instructor John Wojciechowski, the team worked to design and construct an outdoor cook space at Willowdale Urban Farm. The space will host food tastings, cooking demonstrations, and other community events.

The project began in January of 2023 with a meeting between the students and the farm’s directors to determine the need and capabilities necessary for the new kitchen. Using 3D-modeling software, the students created an ambitious design that featured a U-shaped countertop, attached triple sink, and trash enclosure. Students worked for three months to construct the kitchen, ensuring construction materials used were resilient and durable against water, sand, and rust.

“We are very grateful for the outstanding design and construction of our new outdoor kitchen,” said Dolores Williams, Co-Director of Community Enrichment Initiatives. “The kitchen is not only functional, but it is also beautiful. The CFCC students and their instructor worked diligently to make the kitchen a reality. The triple sink and expansive countertop make field washing and packing our fresh vegetables more efficient.”

Willowdale Urban Farm was founded in 2015 to provide fresh produce to a part of Wilmington where food insecurity is a significant issue. The farm is a hub for community services, experiential learning, and volunteering opportunities. On just two acres of land, this farm produces over 12,000 pounds of food each year which is provided at no cost to community members in need. The farm is a special project of Community Enrichment Initiatives, Inc.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new kitchen will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023. The ceremony will feature a ribbon cutting and food tasting. Willowdale Urban Farm is located at 301 N. 30th Street, Wilmington.

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