"Blazing Trails" Food Regulations Training

What is Blazing Trails?

"Blazing Trails through the Jungle of Food Regulations" is a project to bring a half-day training workshop about local food regulations to every county in Minnesota, between January 2019 and September 2020.

The goal is to make sure the entire state has access to information and resources about how to navigate food regulations that pertain to local food, in order to help individual food entrepreneurs and local food systems move forward.

Who is doing this?

"Blazing Trails" is a project of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Renewing the Countryside, and the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association. It is funded through a Professional Development Program grant from North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE.)

The trainers who will be going out to counties:

Jane Jewett  

Jane Grimsbo Jewett
Associate Director
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
jewet006@umn.edu
218-670-0066

Brett Olson   Brett Olson
Creative Director & Co-Founder
Renewing the Countryside
brett@rtcinfo.org
Kathy Zeman   Kathy Zeman
Executive Director
Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association
kzeman@mfma.org

Who Should Attend?

ANYONE with a passion for their local farms and local food …
Who sees potential for local food systems where they live …
But is confused or intimidated by food regulations.

Who are some likely attendees?

  • SHIP coordinators
  • U of MN Extension educators
  • Farm group leaders
  • School board members
  • School food service directors
  • Economic development staff
  • Public health staff
  • Restaurant owners
  • Farmers
  • Community Garden coordinators
  • ... and anyone else who wants to!

Who should NOT attend?

If you have to twist someone’s arm, they probably aren’t the right person for this training. We want folks who are already supporters of local food.

 


Key Resources

Blazing Trails presentation  

PDF of Resources List


PDF of Presentation


PPTx of Presentation




What is Local Food?

Tiers of the Food System from CIAS

  Tiers of the Food System
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selling Minnesota Fact Sheet Series

  Selling Minnesota Guides to Local Food Regulations



Selling or Buying Produce:

image of Selling MN Produce guide

  Selling Minnesota Produce
 

image of Selling MN Aggregation of Produce guide

  Selling Minnesota: Aggregation of Farmers' Produce
 

image of MDA selling or serving local produce fact sheet

  Selling or Serving Locally Grown Produce in Food Facilities
 



Produce Safety:

image of MDA Produce Safety Program

  MDA Produce Safety Program
 

image of Selling MN Aggregation of Produce guide

  FSMA Produce Safety Rule Flow Chart – Are You Covered?
 

image of MDA Produce Safety Program Onfarm Readiness Review

  MDA On-Farm Readiness Reviews
 

image of U of MN Extension Produce Safety

  U of MN Extension Produce Safety
 



Selling or Buying Meat & Poultry:

image of Selling Minnesota Meat guide

  Selling Minnesota Meat Products
 

image of Selling Minnesota Poultry guide

  Selling Minnesota Poultry Products
 

image of MDA approved source of meat and poultry fact sheet

  Approved Sources of Meat and Poultry for Food Facilities
 

image of MDA home raised poultry fact sheet

  Sale of Locally Home or Farm-Raised Poultry
 



Selling or Buying Eggs:

image of Selling Minnesota Eggs guide

  Selling Minnesota Shell Eggs
 

image of MDA sale of locally raised eggs fact sheet

  Sale of Locally Raised Eggs to Food Facilities
 

image of MDA registration form for exempt egg producers and on-farm poultry processing

  MDA Registration Form for Exempt Small-Flock Egg Producers and On-Farm Poultry Processors



Milk, Mushrooms:

MDA raw milk fact sheet

  Minnesota Department of Agriculture: What is Raw Milk?
 

MDA wild mushroom foraging

  Minnesota Department of Agriculture: Certified Wild Mushroom Harvester
 

MDA wild mushroom foraging

  Minnesota Mycological Society Classes



Food Sampling & Demonstration:

U of MN Extension Safe Food Sampling

  U of MN Extension: Safe Food Sampling
 



Cottage Food:

Cottage Food Producer Registration

  Cottage Food Producer Registration
 

Cottage Food Law Guidance

  Cottage Food Law Guidance
 

U of MN Extension Cottage Food Resources

  U of MN Extension: Cottage Food
 



Local Food Purchasing/Selling to Institutions:

 

Selling Minnesota Fact Sheet Series

  FOOD from FARMS: Direct Purchasing of Local Foods Toolkit



Food & Beverage Service:

cover image for come and get it manual for on-farm food service

 

Come & Get It! What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm

 

MDH Licensing

  Food, Pools, and Lodging Licensing Division
 

special event food stand

 

Special Event Food Stands

 

seasonal temporary food stand

 

Seasonal Temporary Food Stands

 

seasonal temporary food stand

 

Seasonal Permanent Food Stands

 

mobile food unit

 

Mobile Food Unit




Get a FREE workshop in your county!

In fact, we'll give you money to do local organizing!

We are working with Statewide Health Improvement Partership (SHIP) staff, U of MN Extension educators, and others in Minnesota counties who can do local organizing for a training workshop. Make connections and help build the local food community in your county! 

Register your county for a workshop




Scheduled Workshops:

June 26, Starbuck, 1 pm to 5 pm

August 8, Grand Rapids, 1 pm to 5 pm

September 18, Owatonna, 8 am to 12 pm




Role of Local Organizers

The Project Team seeks a local organizer in each county. This could be a SHIP coordinator, or someone else with knowledge of available facilities, likely participants, and local food activity already taking place in the county.


What the local organizer will do:

  • Arrange a meeting space
  • Do local advertising
  • Recruit at least three local food leaders to participate in the training

What the local organizer will get:

  • $100 allowance to use as needed – venue rental, refreshments, printing additional binders, mileage for participants, local advertising, etc.
  • Communication & support from the project team



Role of Trained Local Food Leaders

This free training is open to everyone. We want to have at least three local food leaders per county take this training, but as many can come as will fit in the room.

Three trained local food leaders in each county will get:

  • A binder & flash drive of useful publications about local food systems and relevant regulations
  • Ongoing access to the project team

Three trained local food leaders in each county will do:

  • At least one presentation to a farmer group or community group in your county
  • At least one newspaper or newsletter article in your county
  • Ongoing service as a resource person re: food regulations in your county