"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 Grimsbo Jewett
Creative Director & Co-Founder
Renewing the Countryside
Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association
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
- 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.
What is Local Food?
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), University of Wisconsin-Madison
Selling or Buying Produce:
Selling or Buying Meat & Poultry:
Selling or Buying Eggs:
Food Sampling & Demonstration:
Donation of Food
Starting Licensed Food Businesses
Local Food Purchasing/Selling to Institutions:
On-Farm Food Service
Farm & Food Business & Legal Information
Definitions & Legal Authority
MDA Licensing, Exclusions, & Exemptions
MDH Licensing & Exemptions