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Understanding Florida Cottage Food Law – Learning How To Start a Cottage Fo…

April 5 @ 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

This workshop is intended to provide the audience with general information on food safety and quality, product development, and regulatory requirements for Florida cottage food operation. The target audience is anyone who is interested in running his/her own cottage food business in Florida. The registration fee for the course is $55 (If registered by Mar 24th, the fee will be $45). Registration includes course materials, lunch, coffee breaks and certificate of completion. Please register by Apr 1st. Due to the room capacity, the class size will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

Since this workshop is not an in-service training, travel support will not be offered for County agents. However, a small number of seats will be reserved for extension agents along with a discount. To receive the instruction for County agents registration, contact the workshop organizer, Dr. Soo Ahn ([email protected]; 352-294-3909).

Please keep in mind that refund for the purchased ticket will be issued for the request made by Apr 4th.


8:45 am Registration / Pre-test

Morning Session

9:00 am Welcome and Introduction (Soo Ahn, UF/IFAS; Shari Bresin, Pasco County Extension)

9:15 am Overview of Cottage Food Laws: What is Happening Nationally and in Florida? (Soo Ahn, UF/IFAS)

10:00 am Florida Cottage Food Law of 2011 – Understanding Regulatory Requirements (Amy Simonne, UF/IFAS)

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Quality and Safety Issues – Understanding Potentially Hazardous Foods – Why Jams are OK, but Salsa is not (Keith Schneider, UF/IFAS)

11:50 pm Catered lunch and networking

Afternoon Session

1:10 pm Developing Value-added Food Products (Renee Goodrich-Schneider, UF/IFAS)

2:00 pm Is Your Kitchen Safe for Cottage Food Operation (Amy Simonne, UF/IFAS)

2:35 pm Safety Guidelines for Cottage Food Vendors at Farmers’ Markets (Soo Ahn, UF/IFAS)

3:10 pm Business planning and budgeting for cottage food operators (Kevin Athearn, UF/IFAS)

3:45 pm TBA

4:15 pm Post-quiz & evaluation

4:30 pm Adjourn

4-5-19 Understanding Florida Cottage Food Law


April 5
8:45 am - 4:45 pm
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