The Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) at Dakota College at Bottineau will hold a Farm and Cottage Food Safety Workshop at Fargo Cass Public Health on April 21, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Oak Room.
This training will assist farm and cottage food businesses with preparing their products in the safest manner. The training will cover regulations and labeling for local foods as well as basic safety such as handwashing, water testing, sanitizing tools and equipment, worker hygiene, monitoring pH, and writing a food safety plan for their operation. Mainly geared for those that grow and sell produce, the training will also have value for local foods producers of baked and dry goods. Participants will receive a resource manual and templates to guide them in implementation of topics covered in the workshop.
Particpants can expect to learn:
- Which regulations apply to you and your product
- How to prepare yourself to meet the regulations of your local health district, the ND Cottage Foods Law, and the Federal Food Safety Modernization Act
- How to appropriately label your product
- What you can and cannot sell and how to sell it
- Good Agricultural Practices and Farm Food Safety to assist in ensuring your products are safe
- The basic records you should keep the ensure a successful farm food safety plan
Staff from the Fargo Cass Public Health Environmental Health Divsion will also be on hand to answer questions.
The training is free and open to the public and is funded by a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Program.