- June 2 Preserve@Home Online Training Registration Deadline
- June 2-4 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Madison, WI
- June 24 Value-Added Producer Grant Deadline
- July 8-10 Lavender Festival, Palisade
- August Colorado Proud Month
- August 1 Colorado Day Celebration, Denver
- August 2-3 Colorado Alcohol Beverage Symposium, Denver
- August 4 Colorado Governor’s Cup Wine Tasting, Denver
- August 19-20 Palisade Peach Festival
- August 20 Lafayette Peach Festival
- August 26-28 Rocky Mountain Gift Show, Denver
- August 26-September 5 Colorado State Fair, Pueblo
- August 27 Agriculture Fest & Feast, Greeley
- September 9-10 San Luis Valley Potato Festival, Monte Vista
- September 14 Colorado Proud School Meal Day
- September 15-18 Colorado Mountain Wine Fest, Palisade
- September 16-18 Pedal the Plains
- September 17 CSU Ag Day, Fort Collins
- December 6 Colorado B2B Farmers’ Market, Denver
Colorado Proud News & Events
Get Ready for FSMA. The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is here and it is important to learn how it will affect your business. If you grow, harvest, pack or hold produce; or manufacture, process, pack and/or hold any kind of food for human consumption, then FSMA affects you. Visithttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ to learn more. For produce growers, visit the FDA’s flow chart athttp://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/UCM472499.pdf to determine how FSMA will affect your operation. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has developed a flow chart for the Produce Rule and Preventive Controls Rule as well, http://sustainableagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016_2-FSMA-Final-Rule-Flowchart-V3.pdf.
Manufactured Food Program. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment is offering great information and training. Be sure to visit the Manufactured Food Program section of the newsletter for information about food facility registration requirements.
What’s New? Hacienda Maize Fire-Roasted Chile Jammin’ Jelly earned best Hot/Extra Hot Jam/Jelly at the 2016 World Hot Sauce Awards event, held in conjunction with the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival mid-April. Angels’ Fire Salsa has a new line of peach salsa with four heats (cayenne, jalapeno, habanero and ghost pepper). Decadence Gourmet’s Colorado Style Chow-Chow is a “hit” according to Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert. Decadence will be sampling the award-winning Chow-Chow in Denver at Cheese + Provisions on W. 44th Avenue on Friday, June 24, 4–6pm and then at The Savory Spice Shop in Boulder, 11am–1pm on Saturday June 25, followed by The Savory Spice Shop at Lowry Center, 2–4pm. If you have news to share in the newsletter and on the Colorado Proud Facebook page, contact Wendy at (303) 869-9174.
Looking for Grants? Visit www.grants.gov.
Know Your Farmer. Know Your Food. Visit www.usda.gov/knowyourfarmer for information about grants and loans.
Barnraiser. Barnraiser is a crowdfunding site for food and farm projects.
Farm Storage Loans. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced in April that their Farm Storage Facility Loan program can now help finance a variety of infrastructure needed by food enterprises including portable storage structures, portable equipment, and storage and handling trucks, in addition to continuing its longstanding capacity to finance stationary crop and cold storage on-farm facilities. This expansion of the low-interest loan program will help FSA better serve fruit and vegetable farmers and others who need to get crops safely and efficiently to local farmers’ markets, schools, restaurants, food hubs, and retail stores. The program also offers a new “microloan” option, which allows applicants seeking less than $50,000 to qualify for a reduced down payment of five percent and no requirement to provide three years of production history. Farms and ranches of all sizes are eligible. The microloan option is expected to be of particular benefit to smaller farms and ranches, and specialty crop producers who may not have access to commercial storage or on-farm storage after harvest. These producers can invest in equipment like conveyers, scales or refrigeration units and trucks that can store commodities before delivering them to markets.
Food Safety Training Projects. USDA recently announced the availability of $4.7 million in grants for food safety education, training, and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers, food hubs, farmers’ markets, and others. The grants, offered through the Food Safety Outreach Program and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), are designed to help these stakeholders comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). NIFA will fund three types of projects to help producers comply with FSMA. (1) Pilot projects will support the development and implementation of new and potentially high-risk, high-impact food safety education and outreach programs in local communities that address the needs of small, specialized audiences from among the various target groups. (2)Community outreach projects will focus on the growth and expansion of already-existing food safety education and outreach programs that are currently offered in local communities. (3) Multi-state education and training projects will support the development and implementation of multi-county, state-wide, or multi-state food safety education and outreach programs where there are common food safety concerns, but the states are not necessarily located within the same regions.
Food Safety Outreach Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program was established to complement and expand the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program, first initiated in FY 2015. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to midsized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Eligible applicants include Cooperative Extension Service for a U.S. state or territory; non-government organizations and/or community based organizations; organizations representing owners and operators of farms, small food processors, or small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers that has a commitment to public health and expertise in administering programs that contribute to food safety; Federal, State, local, or tribal agencies; an institution of higher education or a foundation maintained by an institution of higher education; a collaboration of two or more eligible entities. The application deadline is June 2, 2016. More information is available athttps://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-safety-outreach-program.
USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers Increase the Value of Their Products. USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant program. Value-Added Producer Grants may be used to develop new products and create additional uses for existing ones. Priority for these grants is given to veterans, members of socially disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, and operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches. Additional priority is given to applicants who seek funding for projects that will create or increase marketing opportunities for these types of operators. More information on how to apply is on page 20607 of the April 8 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 1, 2016. Electronic applications submitted through grants.gov are due June 24, 2016. Additional information and assistance is available through the USDA Rural Development Office serving your county.
USDA Seeks Applications for Loans and Grants to Help Grow Rural Businesses and Spur Economic Development. USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help support the start-up or expansion of rural businesses. The funding is being provided through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program. Under this program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and grants to local utilities, which use the funding to create revolving funds for projects that will create or retain jobs in rural areas. USDA is making $37 million in loans and $11 million in grants available. A recipient may receive a loan of up to $1 million, or a grant of up to $300,000. Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $330 million in loans and grants through the REDLG program. For information on how to apply for REDLG loans or grants, contact your Rural Development state office or see page 14415 of the March 17 Federal Register. The second round of applications is due June 30, 2016.
USDA Rural Development Programs. The vision of USDA Rural Development is “a rural America that is a healthy, safe and prosperous place to live and work” and its mission is “to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for all rural Americans.” Rural Development helps communities meet their basic needs by building water and waste water systems, financing decent, affordable housing, supporting electric power and rural businesses, including cooperatives and supporting community development with information and technical assistance. Colorado Rural Development made grants, loans, and loan guarantees for over $406 million in Fiscal Year 2013 for community facilities, rural businesses, renewable energy, housing, and value added agriculture. For information regarding USDA Rural Development’s grant and loan programs, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/co.
Trade Shows, Events & Festivals
Rocky Mountain Gift Show. The Rocky Mountain Gift Show, also known as the “Gateway to the West”, is the region’s premier platform for wholesale buying opportunities in the gift, home, jewelry, resort and related industries. The show is recognized as the regional leader in lodge and resort souvenirs, Native American jewelry, pottery and rugs, and western products and remains a top destination for National Parks, ski resorts, hospitals, museums, airports, zoos, spas and boutiques. The show will be August 26-29 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. For information about exhibiting, visit http://denvermart.com/upcoming-events/markets-at-the-mart/gift-show/.
Other News and Opportunities
DTC Eats. Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) is excited to announce that they are the presenting sponsor at this year’s DTC Eats, a popular summer food truck event in the Denver Tech Center. The event is hosted by Entercom Communications and features Denver’s top food trucks during lunchtime (11am-2pm) every other Monday, May 9-September 12. The event will occur on the corner of S. Syracuse and Union for the neighborhood and neighboring offices to enjoy fresh and fun food options as well as a live DJ. As a presenting sponsor, CEP will provide delicious Colorado eggs to select food trucks at the event and the food trucks will include them in a signature dish each week. CEP invites you to come out and join us for one or more of these fun events in support of Colorado eggs.
Race for the Cure Vendor Opportunity. Attention Colorado Businesses! Join the Susan G. Komen Colorado Race for the Cure, Sunday September 25, 2016 at the Pepsi Center. For the first time in the history of the downtown Denver Race for the Cure – the largest 5K event in Colorado – vendors are invited to be on site to sell and promote their products to thousands of participants. Komen anticipates a minimum crowd of 20,000. The large, shared vendor tent will be located in a prominent spot on Race grounds. Each vendor will have an 8 foot table, 2 chairs and room for inventory, and the cost is $500.00. If your business is interested in this opportunity, please call Kathy McCall at (303) 744-2088, X308.
Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label. The FDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. Click here for detailed information regarding the changes and the deadline for compliance.
Food Safety From Farm to Table. By Elanor Starmer (Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.)
If you are a farmer interested in selling produce wholesale or direct to a retailer, restaurant or institution, you probably have food safety on the brain. A growing number of buyers require farms to demonstrate compliance with a food safety standard, often through an audit and certification program. That takes work for any farmer, but small and midsized farmers can face unique challenges in accessing and paying for food safety training, audits and certification. Luckily, USDA has a tool designed specifically for you.
You’ve likely heard of USDA’s Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, program. Now we have an updated version. Our new GroupGAP program allows small and midsized farmers to band together and become GAP-certified as a group. A group certification can help cut individual producer costs while assuring buyers that participating farmers are following rigorous, trusted GAP protocols.
The result is stronger food safety practices on the farm, more market access for farmers and more options for buyers — a true win-win. USDA GroupGAP provides food safety assurance from farm to table.
For the past three years, USDA has worked closely with partners at the Wallace Center and with 12 grower groups on a pilot effort to design a GroupGAP program that lives up to our high standards. On April 4 we rolled out this new program for all growers, regardless of size or market. GroupGAP empowers members of the group to determine their own composition and decide which commodities are covered by the certification. Groups can certify with any GAP standard audit.
This effort is particularly important for buyers interested in getting into the growing market for local food, which hit an estimated $12 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach $20 billion in the next three years. Often, local farm products come from small and midsized operations. Some are old hands at the GAP audit experience, but for many, food safety certification is new territory. At USDA, we see it as our duty and mission to ensure that these farms have the tools to succeed.
Our new national GroupGAP effort streamlines the GAP audit process for growers, helps them provide assurance that they’re upholding strong food safety practices on the farm, and makes it possible for buyers to meet consumer demand for fresh, local products. We are now working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to align the GAP and GroupGAP programs with the requirements of FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act so that as FSMA takes effect, growers participating in GAP know they are also meeting FSMA requirements.
USDA stands ready to serve producers of all sizes as they implement and document food safety practices on their farms. The Agricultural Marketing Service can play such a key role through the development of GroupGAP. For more information, visit ams.usda.gov or email AMS at email@example.com.
USDA Offers New Toolkit to Assess Economic Impact of Local Foods. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled a new resource created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Colorado State University that will help communities and businesses evaluate the economic benefits of investing in local food systems. The Secretary released details about “The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices” in his keynote remarks at the 12th Annual Good Food Festival and Conference in Chicago. The Local Food System Toolkit was developed by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems. The Local Food System Toolkit provides detailed guidance in seven modules to measure and assess the expected economic impacts of local food investments. Using real-world projects, experiences, and applied research, it provides grounded, credible, and useable assessment methods. The Local Food System Toolkit can be used by policy makers, community leaders, private businesses or foundations to offer specific estimates that will help them decide whether to invest in initiatives that increase local food activity. Secretary Vilsack has identified strengthening local and regional food systems as one of the four pillars of USDA’s commitment to rural economic development. AMS plays a key role in supporting farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), food hubs, and local food businesses by offering technical assistance, conducting research, and awarding grants. The Local Food System Toolkit is the latest resource offered by AMS in support of local and regional food systems.
Urban Agriculture Toolkit. USDA has unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource to help entrepreneurs and communities interested in urban agriculture. From neighborhood gardens grown on repurposed lots, to intensive hydroponic and aquaculture operations, urban food production is rapidly growing in cities across the country. USDA’s Toolkit helps urban farms navigate more than 70 helpful resources, including technical assistance and financing opportunities. It focuses on some of the most pressing challenges confronting urban producers such as land access, soil quality, water resources, capital and financing, infrastructure, market development, production strategies, and connecting with local USDA offices. Take a look and see what USDA has to offer urban producers and stakeholders.
Harvesting Healthier Options. The National Conference of State Legislatures has recently released their executive summary of “Harvesting Healthier Options: State Legislative Trends in Local Foods.” The report focuses on state legislation in all 50 states enacted between 2012 and 2014 that aimed to strengthen various components of local food systems. The policy areas overviewed in this report include: Local Foods System Approaches, Farm-to School Programs, Farmers’ Markets, Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture, Healthy Grocery Retail, and Food Policy Councils. Read the complete executive summary here.
Building Local Food Systems. Whether you are a meat processor or farmer, educator or commercial kitchen, having the best information at your disposal is key to working effectively within your food system. SARE’s new topic brief, Building Local and Regional Food Systems, provides an introduction to different facets of local and regional food systems, and directs you to resources that can help stakeholders build robust community food systems.
June is Dairy Month – and Western Dairy is celebrating 80 years! Visit www.westerndairyassociation.org all month to learn about our dairy farm families who have been dairying for 80 years or more, get new dairy recipes and help us celebrate everything dairy!
Manufactured Food Program
Manufactured Food Program Newsletter. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has a new quarterly newsletter for the Manufactured Food Program, with helpful information to foster understanding and collaboration between the program staff and the community they serve. If you would like to receive this quarterly newsletter, contact Jon Strauss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Overview. CDPHE’s State Manufactured Foods program exists as a resource for all wholesale firms in Colorado that produce, package or hold food for human consumption. While we regulate firms to protect consumer health and insure that food is prepared and held in a sanitary and hygienic manner, our goal is to offer a regulatory experience that goes beyond conducting inspections and takes more of a collaborative approach. We can provide training, regulatory assistance, educational handouts, signage, labeling guidance, certificates of free sale as well as conducting pre-opening inspections and plan reviews. We also provide information regarding recalls and handle consumer complaints.
Is Registration Mandatory? Manufacturing or processing facilities, repackaging operations and food warehouses are regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability (CDPHE: DEHS). The Colorado Pure Food and Drug Law found in Title 25 Part 4 of the Colorado Revised Statutes require that anyone who operates a wholesale of food manufacturing establishment in the State of Colorado must register with CDPHE. If you’re operating from a commercial or commissary kitchen that is licensed (RFE) or registered, you still have to register your business with our division. If you have any questions concerning registration, please call (303) 692-3654. All businesses of this type are required to register with CDPHE annually. A registration form can be found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DEHS_Form_WhslFood_AppFY2016.pdf. CDPHE’s Wholesale Food website is located at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/wholesale-food-manufacturing-and-storage. Wholesale/manufacturing facilities are also required to register with the FDA if any of your ingredients, raw materials or packaging is obtained from outside of Colorado and/or if you distribute any of your products through interstate commerce. You can register with FDA here: http://www.access.fda.gov/. New businesses will have to click on “Login/Create Account” to begin. Be sure to save the information you are given at the end of your registration.
Regulatory Guidance: FDA-Food Safety Modernization Act. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed by Congress and signed into law in 2011, refines FDA’s focus. FSMA adds a reportable food registry for adulterated food and creates improved enforcement tools. The FSMA also requires most food manufacturers to create food safety plans. These plans will include preventive controls that firms deem necessary to control food safety hazards. Potential hazards include pathogens and allergens, as well as physical and chemical contaminants. The due date for these plans has not been set and will depend on the size of the food processor. A link to FDA’s FAQs on preventive controls can be found at:http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/UCM345224.pdf. FDA provides additional information about risk assessment at:http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/.
Agritourism Safety. Agritourism is seen more often today than ever before. Types of agritourism operations vary: corn mazes, pumpkin patches, pick-your-own operations, dude ranches, and more. As agritourism continues to grow in popularity, implementing safety strategies to help maximize fun and minimize liability is increasingly important. This website provides tools and resources that can assist and educate.
Colorado Agritourism Association. The Colorado Agritourism Association is here to serve you. Contact us about your signs, get a membership and get linked in to the newest advocacy group for keeping farming in the family. Visit www.coloradoagritourismassociation.org for more information.
Agritourism Liability Signs Available. House Bill 1280 requires an agritourism business to post a sign with specific language. Signs are available; they are .040 aluminum with radius edges and four fastening holes drilled for your convenience.
Two ways to get signs:
1) Visit www.colorado.com and make sure you have a business listing. You can get a basic listing for free. Six million unique users visited the website last year looking for information while planning their Colorado vacation. Send Greg the link to your listing and an address to ship the signs to and you will receive two signs for free.
2) Send a mailing address to Greg Williams, with the Colorado Agritourism Association, with a check made payable to Colorado Agritourism Association for $18.00 per sign plus $2 per sign shipping and handling. All proceeds will go to support the CHAMP program, http://industry.colorado.com/overview/hag-committee.
Farm to School Update
Farm to School Mentor Program. This peer-to-peer program funded by a USDA FTS grant is designed to provide guidance for new producers entering the FTS marketplace. The goal of the mentoring program is to increase the number of Colorado fruit and vegetable producers who are willing and able to sell to Colorado schools. It provides producers the opportunity to expand, and therefore stabilize, the Farm to School marketplace by increasing producer participation. Are you…
- A seasoned FTS producer who can provide insight into navigating the school food procurement process to a new-to FTS producer such as responding to school bids; navigating USDA geographic preference; meeting on-farm food safety recommendations; understanding liability insurance; and any other experiences you have with Farm to School, including interacting with Food Service Directors, troubleshooting crop yield to meet school demands, transport/distribution to schools, etc.
- Passionate and able to help others, including individual/small business owners?
- Interested in receiving a $600 stipend for each producer you mentor?
- Able to give 20 hours of contact time between Mentor and Mentee from winter to fall 2016?
- Able to attend one of the three regional Intensive Technical Assistance Workshops (details below)?
2017 USDA FTS Grant. The USDA Farm to School grant program schedule is anticipated to be as follows:
- September 2016: Release FY2017 request for FTS grant applications
- November 2016: FY2017 FTS grant applications due
- May 2017: Announce awards
Farm to School Grants. Two producer grant programs are available in 2016. Visit http://coloradofarmtoschool.org/colorado-farm-to-school-task-force/ita-workshops/ for more information. Questions? Please contact RFCO at email@example.com or the Colorado Farm to School Task Force firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm to School Webinars. Visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/videos-and-webinars for free webinars from the USDA.
Colorado Farm to School Task Force Facebook Page. Be sure to “Like” the Colorado Farm to School Task Force Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/COFTS.
Sign Up For The Colorado Farm to School Newsletter. The Colorado Farm to School Task Force sends a monthly newsletter and occasional updates designed to keep you informed about the latest farm to school activities and resources in Colorado. To receive the newsletter, please visit http://coloradofarmtoschool.org/get-involved/ and subscribe to Colorado Farm to School Updates.
National Farm to School e-mail alerts list. Want to hear right away about important FTS events, funding opportunities, and more? Join their mailing list today!
USDA Farm to School newsletter has a wealth of timely information you don’t want to miss. Sign up for the Farm to School E-letter today.
Workshops, Seminars and Training
Basics of Preserving Food Safely. Larimer County Extension’s Master Food Safety Advisors will present an overview of the basic methods of food preservation: canning, freezing and dehydration. Learn about equipment needed and best methods for particular foods. Tasting included. FREE, registration not required. For more information contact Edie McSherry at email@example.com or (970) 498-6008.
Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00-8:00 pm, Larimer County Extension Office, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins
Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Loveland Public Library, Gertrude Scott Room, 300 N. Adams Ave.
Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Wellington Senior Center, 3800 Wilson Ave., Wellington
Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Berthoud Community Library, 236 Welch Ave., Berthoud
Denver Food & Drink Collective Events.
July 20: The History of Chicken and Waffles with Soulfood Scholar Adrian Miller. Join us at Cora Faye’s in Aurora for a guided tasted and delicious history lesson. Note, the price of this event is $30 and includes dinner. RSVP on Meetup or Facebook.
August 17: Insurance for Food/Beverage Businesses (& Cocktails!) with John Hensley of Sky Pointe Insurance. Join us at Bear Creek Distillery in Denver for a little networking and to find out what insurance coverage you need to protect your business. RSVP on Meetup or Facebook.
Food Preservation Classes. CSU Extension offers a variety of food preservation classes, in addition to their Cottage Foods Safety training. Visithttp://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-food-preservation-6622808397 for information, including dates and locations.
Food Safety Training for Cottage Food Vendors. This 3 hour training provides a 3 year certification and meets the food safety training requirement for Colorado Cottage Foods Act. Learn the specifics for operating a food business from a home kitchen. Review the law, permissible foods and ingredient labeling requirements. We will cover basics of food safety-including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transporting produce and sales. Resources for food preparation at altitude and for going further with your business will be shared. For workshop days and locations and more information visit http://csu-ext-food-preservation.eventbrite.com or contact Anne Zander at (303) 678-6238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 13, 9am-12pm, First Baptist Church, Delta
October 5 , 9am-12pm, Business Incubator, Grand Junction
October 19, 9am-12pm, Montrose County Fairgrounds
October 4, 9am
October 10, 4:30pm
June 11, 12pm-3pm
September 30, 9am, Arapahoe County Extension, Centennial
October 17, 1pm, Boulder County Extension, Longmont
November 18, 9am, Jefferson County Extension, Golden
Developing a Safe Food Business Certificate. Planning to start a cottage food business in your home kitchen, rent a commercial kitchen to produce your product, or begin a small-scale food manufacturing facility? It’s an exciting time to be a food entrepreneur, but there are also many regulations and requirements to navigate. Even if you’re thinking something more local, such as selling homemade foods at a farmers market or maybe a holiday fair, this safe food handling certificate is a must for you! CSU’s online curriculum covers two topics a week for eight weeks, and you will learn about many of the necessary food safety practices and regulations needed to start your food company. Click here for more information.
Food Handlers Training Offered. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering an online training for food handlers. By taking this training, food handlers will learn the basics of safe food handling in the workplace as they are presented with activities that will allow them to respond to scenarios they may encountered in the workplace. The fee is $10.00 and the training can be accessed at http://www.statefoodsafety.com.
Better Process Control School Available Online. Registrants for the online class must be within the U.S. to be eligible, due to FDA requirements for this online course. The material covered in this course is the same material (16 chapters) that is covered in the in-person course. The course is meant to be taken on demand (there is no start and end date), but it must be completed in 3 months of receiving your login invitation after registering. The cost is $400. Registration is by credit card only. Visit http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/Better_Process_Control_School_Online/ for more information. After you register, a course textbook will be mailed to your registration address so you can study. You will be sent an invitation to log into the site after that, and you’ll have 3 months to complete the exams. E-mail Zann Gates at email@example.com for any procedural and logistics questions, and Dr. Diane Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org for technical questions.
Workshop Resources. There are a variety of local organizations that host business workshops. Be sure to visit the following sites for great information and event calendars.
Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA): www.arvadaeconomicdevelopment.org
Aurora Business Development Center: www.aurorabdc.com
Colorado Small Business Administration: http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3104
Colorado Small Business Development Center Networks: www.coloradosbdc.org
Denver Metro Small Business Development Center: www.denversbdc.org
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute: www.rmmfi.org
The Food Processing Center-University of Nebraska, Lincoln, http://fpc.unl.edu/professional_development
New Mexico State University Better Process Control School, http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html
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Service Guide. Looking for label printers or a graphic designer? How about a web development company or food consultant? Be sure to visit the Colorado Proud Service Guide for a helpful list of contacts.
Looking for Kitchen Space or a Co-Packer? Visit the Colorado Co-Pack Directory online.
*Not all events are sponsored by Colorado Proud, and inclusion in the newsletter does not constitute an endorsement by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.