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A partnership between the UA System Division of Ag, USDA Local Food Promotion Program
and regional partners in Cleveland and Woodruff County.
The Share Grounds project offers an innovative opportunity to develop and grow food
entrepreneurs by utilizing existing facilities and infrastructure at the County Fairgrounds.
With certified kitchen space and technical support to start or grow your business,
the Share Grounds is the perfect place to scale up your food business.
We currently have one kitchen incubator and aggregation center located in Rison, AR,
at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
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Consider becoming a client! Get resources to start your own food business and attend our upcoming events to learn more about the services offered at your local
Share Grounds facility.
For more videos including webinars on starting a local food business in Arkansas and
at the Share Grounds kitchens, please visit our Local Food Business & Share Grounds webinars webpage and the Local, Regional & Safe Foods YouTube playlist by clicking the buttons below.
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The kitchen facilities at the Share Grounds are open and available for rent. Farmers,
gardeners and small food business are eligible to use the facility.
If you plan to process a food product, visit the ”How to Start a Food Business” page to understand the steps necessary to make your product in Arkansas.
To become a potential client, please visit our client page and contact your local Share Grounds manager to discuss your business needs.
Along with access to a certified kitchen space, the Share Grounds offers an on-site
operations manager to assist with food product testing and development, regulatory
technical guidance, and dry storage space.
These services and facilities are offered on a fee basis. View our fee chart for additional information.
Please note that most commercial kitchens in the US require nonrefundable application
fees, security deposits, 2 month(+) minimum contracts and/or membership plans on top
of an hourly rate. The Share Grounds is not the standard model.
1. If you live in Cleveland (Rison) or Woodruff County (McCrory) consider serving
in a leadership capacity by joining a county advisory committee.
2. Join our email list to receive invites to upcoming community meetings.
3. Make a donation.
Contact the Share Grounds Project Manager if you would like serve on an advisory board or join the contact list.
Yes! All sites are accepting donations and non cash gifts, such as pre-approved commercial
equipment, donated building materials and labor.
Non cash or in-kind gifts may qualify as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.
Donors will be recognized for their sponsorship at these levels:
$100 - Seed Sower: Website recognition
$250 - Harvester: Logo on marketing brochure & website recognition
$500 - Packer: Name on sponsorship sign at a Share Grounds facility, logo on brochure
& website recognition
$1000 - Distributor: Logo on sponsorship sign at a Share Grounds facility, logo on
brochure & website recognition
Contact the Share Grounds Project Manager for additional information on how to donate to the project.