To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Tasala Rufai and I am the owner and baker of Sweetly Rooted by Tasala, LLC which is a small, female-, and minority-owned vegan bakery business in the Durham, NC area. Sweetly Rooted by Tasala is an ode to nature spawned out of my passion to offer nature-made desserts to the Durham and surrounding communities using ingredients that are organic, without the use of preservatives, refined sugars or flours, and sweetened naturally. Even packages and labels used for these desserts are made out of plant-based materials that are compostable and environmentally conscious.
I am writing to you today in support of the Piedmont Food Processing Center (PFPC) which has been instrumental in giving my small business life and hope for a sustainable future. Sue Ellsworth and Eric Hallman have been instrumental in providing me with the education on how to move forward with my business and the resources I need through use of the kitchen, refrigerator, and storage spaces to produce and store my vegan desserts. Most recently, Sue has been guiding me through packaging and labeling requirements and will assist with setting up an inspection which if successful will allow me to sell my vegan granolas, cookies, scones, and sweet breads to the community. Without the support of PFPC, Sweetly Rooted by Tasala would be merely a collection of thoughts and hopes.
PFPC may not seem like much to the naked eye, but it is an organization that gives people like me hope and opportunity, the opportunity to start and grow a burgeoning, small business and in so doing, giving my community and local communities a choice as consumers to be more health-conscious and allowing access to products that align with that choice. I hope you will consider this in support of your decision to renew PFPC's contract allowing Eric, Sue, and associated members' the privilege to continue to manage the facility.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Sweetly Rooted by Tasala, LLC