I first heard of Cherie Rutherford during recent NBC 4 Southern California feature on the eleven o-clock news. Her story was so compelling I had to Google her the next day.
Rutherford, the granddaughter of farmers, was a successful paralegal writing briefs for lawyers. Like many women bitten with the entrepreneurial bug, she left behind the comforts of her profession to launch her own endeavors.
Rutherford founded Kitchen Food Ventures, a California based company that will access to a commercial grade kitchen with multipurpose, including:
- Test kitchen for entrepreneurs needing a place to test new recipes;
- Film location for companies, organizations and individuals; and
- Offsite location for culinary schools partnering with Kitchen Food Ventures. Each classroom  will have a fully equipped kitchen wired for live television.
Her idea was born from the desire to help others in farming and food production gain access to tools, knowledge, and equipment that could help them start and grow their own businesses. Rutherford's creative approach to helping others interested in business was novel to me, and, it is innovative -- even noble, but the part that really caught my attention in the feature is what she is doing for farmers.
This is the first year the federal government will no longer accept paperwork from farmers; all required records and reports must now be submitted electronically. For the farmers without computers or computer skills, this presented yet another challenge in the long list of challenges already facing the small farmer. Rutherford now offers a series of computer classes for the affordable fee of $40. Farmers who complete the course are able to take home a lap top computer to help them keep track of inventory, crops, livestock, etc.
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