Rental Policies

  1. Reserving Kitchen: You must reserve the kitchen by calling (828) 649-2411.
  2. Eligible Users: Only those Kitchen Users who have completed the Food Safety and Kitchen Orientation class, toured the kitchen and completed all necessary forms are allowed in the Value Added Kitchen (VAK) area. Employees must also adhere to the above. The kitchen has not been inspected and approved for catering.
  3. Slots: No more than ten 6-hour slots/individual/LLC/company, per month. 
  4. Entry/Exit Forms: All Users are required to fill out an Entry Form prior to using the VAK, and an Exit Form upon departure, after cleaning the kitchen. 
  5. Parking: You may unload your vehicle in the loading dock area, but please move your vehicle to the main parking area after unloading.
  6. Children: No Children Under Age 16 are allowed in the kitchen when food processing is taking place. No unsupervised children are allowed in other areas of the facility at any time.
  7. Tours: As an educational facility, the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Madison County Center reserves the right to give tours of the kitchen unannounced. Upon entering the kitchen, visitors will wear hair restraints and disposable gloves. 
  8. Animals: Animals are not allowed inside the building at any time. 
  9. Smoking: No smoking inside the building at any time. Smoking is allowed on the outside of the building. Please discard cigarette butts appropriately in the decanters provided by the front door. 
  10. Eating and Drinking: No eating allowed in the kitchen and only drinks in covered containers are allowed in the food production area.
  11. Kitchen Wares: Users will provide their own towels, aprons, pots, pans, and any special kitchen items necessary to their specific production needs. Please do not leave your personal kitchen items (or other items) in the kitchen.
  12.  Refrigerator: The refrigerator is only to be used while using the kitchen. Please remove items from the refrigerator at the end of your time slot. 
  13. Garbage Disposal: Please discard trash in the outside trash receptacles. Please break down cardboard boxes and place in the cardboard only receptacles next to trash receptacles. 
  14. Compost: We love compost! Please place plant waste in outside compost bins. Please turn compost with provided pitchfork with each visit.
  15. Kitchen Property: Any equipment or other items belonging to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Madison County Center will not be allowed to leave the premises by renters. 
  16. Noise: Please keep music and voices at a respectable level.
  17. Odors: Certain food odors (ferment, ramps, mushrooms, etc.) can be irritating to certain individuals. Not only do we have a “shared use kitchen” (VAK), but we also have a “shared use facility”. For this reason, the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Madison County Center has the right to deny usage of the VAK in the event that others (weddings, baby showers, etc.) will be renting our facility.  We will work with Users to accommodate them to another time slot(s). 
  18. We Provide: Cleaning supplies, paper towels, disposable gloves, and trash liners.
  19. Other: N.C. Cooperative Extension, Madison County Center, Madison County Government and NCDA will not be liable for any food-borne illness outbreak from any products produced in the kitchen by the User. 
  20. All sold products must comply with any local, state, and/or federal rules and regulations.
  21. The VAK is a ‘use at your own risk’ facility. N.C. Cooperative Extension, Madison County Center is not responsible for product loss, personal property damage, or personal liability. 
  22. If you decide to sell your product(s), you must contact NCDA to schedule an inspection (this will be covered in the orientation class). 
  23. NOTICE: This property is under 24 HOUR SURVEILLANCE.
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