You know what’s amazing? We’re three years old, we’re debt free, and we got to raise our hourly wages from 100% volunteer powered to $10 per hour for EVERY HOUR WORKED. We’re hoping to raise pay to $12 per hour soon. What this means is that we’ve figured out how to a) produce our tofu and seitan in an economical and affordable way; b) keep our non-payroll costs low and controlled; and c) hang onto just enough funds to prepare for basic (non-catastrophic) disasters, taxes, and extra materials costs, and pay the rest of our income straight to our workers.
Part of what’s so important about this milestone is that we’re not here to make money. We believe that workers deserve fair compensation for the time that we put into things, and that we all deserve a living wage, regardless of what we’re doing. We also recognize that things cost money, and we need to have enough money to cover the costs that come up in life, like living in buildings and using water and electricity and eating food and transportation and stuff. But even though we aren’t interested in charging as much as we absolutely can and paying as little as we legally must, we can STILL pay better than starting wage than lots of other places.
Next step: providing two full time, well paid positions, and more awesome products to our community!
Well, somehow a WHOLE YEAR has gone by again, and we’re still here making tofu in a basement.
We got a vacuum sealer, which gave us the ability to support some more distribution channels. Even though some of our product is now packed in plastic, it’s still significantly less than the containers in the grocery store. It does give us the ability to offer retail-type packages, supply tofu to more CSAs, and extend our products’ shelf life.
We’ve also helped a couple of local businesses branch out and offer seitan to our communities in delicious recipes like the Hail Seitan tacos from the Silver Seed food truck. You can find them out and about by following them on Instagram or book them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we’d like to welcome our newest worker to the group. Jesse is a trooper, an excellent worker, and we’re so happy to have her! Welcome, Jesse!