Farm & Cottage Food Safety Workshop

December 28, 2017

The Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) at Dakota College at Bottineau in conjunction with state and local health districts will be holding Farm and cottage Food Safety Workshops in eight locations around the state. 

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 what they have learned.  The training is free and open to the public.

Holly Mawby, ECH Director and Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Lead Trainer will present each training along with a representative from the state or local health unit that has jurisdiction for the location.  This will allow participants to ask specific questions of their local health district personnel and get to know them in case questions arise in the future. 

The first training will be held in Minot on February 10th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the First District Health Unit offices.  Following trainings will be held in Bismarck on March 3rd, Dickinson on March 10th, Grand Forks on April 14th and in Fargo, Jamestown, Devils Lake, and Watford Cities on dates to be decided.  Participants must RSVP to attend to ensure enough resource materials for everyone.

For more information or to RSVP for the training, contact Holly Mawby at 701-681-0252 or hollyrose.mawby@dakotacollege.edu