The Green Oceanside Kitchen is a state-of-the-art food recovery and preservation facility designed to foster a sustainable food system and offer culinary learning opportunities dedicated to wasting nothing and feeding our community.
As one of the most comprehensive facilities of its kind, the Green Oceanside Kitchen incorporates sustainability in every way our community enjoys food, from production and distribution to consumption and recycling. To operate the facility, the City of Oceanside formed a public-private partnership with the O’side Kitchen Collaborative (OKC).
Supporting Oceanside's commitment to zero waste, responsible resourcing, and climate action management, the goal of the Green Oceanside Kitchen is to divert edible food from the landfill and support feeding our community.
The Green Oceanside Kitchen is committed to providing resources and support to the community, whether through in person classes or virtual workshops. Digital resources are available for residents so that no matter where you are, you can live and cook zero waste.
See below for our most recent virtual workshops and tutorials on zero wasting at home. Watch our first virtual workshop Zero Waste Sunday Brunch in a Crunch, hosted with O’side Kitchen Collaborative, and our Waste Less, Enjoy More workshop with San Diego Food System Alliance. See below for resources and tutorials on food storage, decoding expiration dates, food scrap management, and vermicomposting. Stay tuned for more content and future workshops below.
Check out our Brunch in a Crunch Recipes!
Navigating the world of “best-by” and “expiration by” dates can be tricky and lead to unnecessary food waste. Keep these tips in English and en Espanol in mind before you toss out that “expired” yogurt!
Having a successful compost bin begins in the kitchen! Learn how to best manage your food scraps in your kitchen to feed your compost worms or pile by visiting our At Home Composting page.
There are many ways to help create a sustainable food system and be better stewards of the earth:
As part of the City's sustainability and zero waste efforts, the City funded the development of the Green Oceanside Kitchen, a state-of-the-art commercial food processing facility and demonstration kitchen. It is uniquely designed for programming, services, and operations focused on food recovery, culinary arts, job development, and a sustainable local food system.
The Green Oceanside Kitchen has more than 1,700 sq. ft. of commercial food processing and training space, which includes two cook lines, significant dry storage, freezer space, interactive AV equipment for training, specialized equipment for food recovery and preservation, a wash ware room and more.
The following equipment pieces were uniquely selected to support rescuing edible food that would have otherwise gone to waste:
The Green Oceanside Kitchen also includes a demonstration kitchen modeled after a residential kitchen, where the City's Green Oceanside program, in partnership with the O'side Kitchen Collaborative, will provide culinary cooking classes on sustainability and zero waste. The demonstration kitchen includes interactive AV equipment to make possible a greater community experience with classes in person and at home online.
In partnership with the City's Green Oceanside initiative, O'side Kitchen Collaborative operates the kitchen, recovers agricultural surplus from local farms, growers and gleaning organizations, and transform this produce into delicious cuisine and preserved products. O'side Kitchen Collaborative offers a "Conscious Catering" program and provides meals and products to local feeding programs to assist food insecure residents. Community workshops and cooking classes will be offered at the facility to raise awareness about these issues and educate participants on solutions to food waste.