Green Oceanside Kitchen

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.

 

ZERO WASTE AT HOME

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 tutorial on zero wasting at home. Watch our first virtual workshop Zero Waste Sunday Brunch in a Crunch, hosted with O’side Kitchen Collaborative, below as well as tutorials on food storage, decoding expiration dates, food scrap management, and vermicomposting. Stay tuned for more content and future workshops below.

Be sure to check out our Zero Waste Sunday Brunch in a Crunch Workshop with OKC

Zero Waste "Sunday Brunch in a Crunch" Workshop with OKC

Check out our Brunch in a Crunch Recipes!

Have you gone to the grocery store and want to make sure your produce lasts? See below for food storage tips.

Navigating the world of “best-by” and “expiration by” dates can be tricky and lead to unnecessary food waste. Keep the below tips 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.

GET INVOLVED

There are many ways to help create a sustainable food system and be better stewards of the earth:

  1. Send an email to GreenOceanside@oceansideca.org if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:
    • Volunteering at Green Oceanside events and workshops
    • Donating produce or edible food to the Green Oceanside Kitchen
    • Taking a Green Oceanside workshop or class on zero waste cooking for individuals, family, and/or students, water conservation, sustainable lifestyle, composting, and more.
  2. Support sustainability-focused contractors such as the City's kitchen and catering partner, OKC, for your next catered event. Visit www.theokc.org or call (760) 707-8108 to learn more about OKC's catering, cooking classes/workshops, as well as food donation and job development opportunities.
  3. Sign up to receive Green Oceanside updates and stay up-to-date on events, workshops, and programs.

THE FOOD PROBLEM

  • When food is wasted, so is the water, energy, and labor used to grow it.
  • 18% of the material that makes up California landfills is good, edible food.
  • One pound of food in landfills creates the same emissions as 20% of the energy used in an average household daily.
  • 40% of the food grown in the United States is wasted.
  • An estimated 1 in 7 people in San Diego County do not know where their next meal is coming from.
  • The average American household wastes $1,500 worth of food annually.

OUR SOLUTION

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.

KITCHEN FACTS

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:

  • Cooler – The specially-designed external cooler unit is more than 500 square feet and is one of the most important kitchen features to support greater food recovery capacity. The unit was designed to receive, sort and process significant amounts of food/produce. The cooler can hold a semi-truck load of food.
  • Tilt Skillet – Used to make large batches of jams and sauces when ripe fruit and vegetables are received.
  • Dehydrator – Dehydrating prolongs the life of fruit and vegetables.
  • Smoker – Used to preserve fish and meats.
  • Juicer – Utilizes the entire fruit or vegetable for its zest and juice.
  • Movable Tables – The kitchen is equipped with tables and equipment on wheels to efficiently use operational space for food processing and triage, catering preparation and culinary arts training.
  • Food Sealer/Saver – Vacuum seals food smoked, cured, dehydrated, freeze dried, cooked and/or preserved to keep on shelves, in the freezer or plates instead of in the landfill.

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.

O'SIDE KITCHEN COLLABORATIVE

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.