The SYV Community Kitchen serves the Santa Ynez Valley as a hub for a wide range of programs addressing both immediate and structural food insecurity needs and providing economic opportunity for local low-income families.
…it offers a training venue where people can learn to work in a certified commercial kitchen for our local restaurants
…it is a teaching venue where children and adults learn how to cook economically, efficiently, and nutritionally
…it is available as a recovery kitchen to preserve and repackage gleaned and rescued foods
…it offers a low or no-cost alternative for individuals needing a commercial kitchen for a startup or for micro-economic projects
…it is a site for feeding programs like a Saturday breakfast or holiday dinners
…it is a place to prepare meals to be delivered offsite – such as the summer Picnic in the Park program for children
The SYV Community Kitchen at St. Mark's can serve up ideas you have!
Partnerships and Collaborations in the
Director of the SYV Community Kitchen at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Amy Derryberry and husband Greg Donovan
Community Kitchen Director
Amy Derryberry is known for her many years of work as Executive Director of Veggie Rescue, one of the key organizations in the food space countywide. In her years in that position she developed not only an esteem arising from hard work and visionary development of the organization, but she formed relationships with individuals and food organizations throughout Santa Barbara County. All of her previous experience will support her effectiveness in leading our SYV Community Kitchen at St. Mark's, and her connection with this endeavor will help put the kitchen "on the map" for many.
Born in San Francisco, raised in Marin County, Amy moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1988 to raise her three daughters. She has had a variety of jobs including owning a small bookstore in Los Olivos and as Marketing Manager at New Frontiers Natural Market, before becoming the founding Executive Director of Veggie Rescue.
Veggie Rescue is a Santa Ynez Valley based non-profit that collects excess food from farmers and farmers markets, as well as prepared food, and delivers it to organizations feeding those in need throughout Santa Barbara County. As she expanded Veggie Rescue’s participation in the food systems in Santa Barbara County, she made connections with many stakeholders, including St. Mark’s Community Kitchen before it was certified.
Amy comes to her position as Director of the Santa Ynez Valley Community Kitchen at St. Mark’s in-the-Valley with a vision of a bustling kitchen producing food for those in need in our community for on-site and delivered meals, a hub for economic development projects benefitting micro-businesses and food-related business startups, collaborations with other organizations to process excess food, a teaching kitchen where individuals learn nutrition and kitchen skills, as well as a rental for events and for-profit projects.
Amy lives with her husband Greg Donovan and their three dogs in Ballard and enjoys spending two days a week with her grandchildren in Arroyo Grande.