"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




Resource Topics


What is Local Food?


Selling or Buying Produce


Produce Safety


Selling Meat & Poultry


Selling Eggs


Milk, Mushrooms


Food Sampling & Demonstration


Cottage Food


Donation of Food


Water Source


Food Licensing


Starting Licensed Food Businesses


Local Food Purchasing/Selling to Institutions


On-Farm Food Service


Farm & Food Business & Legal Information


Minnesota Constitution


Minnesota Statutes


Minnesota Rules


Minnesota State Taxes


Stay Connected





 

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

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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

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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

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Food Sampling & Demonstration:

U of MN Extension Safe Food Sampling

 

U of MN Extension: Safe Food Sampling

 
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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

 

MFMA Cottage Food resources

 

Cottage Food Resources from MN Farmers' Market Association

 

Cottage Food Facebook Page

 

MN Cottage Food Law Facebook Page

 

MN Registered Cottage Food Producers Facebook Page

 

MN Registered Cottage Food Producers Facebook Page

 
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Donation of Food

Venison Donation Program

 

Venison Donation Program

 

Donation of Wild Game to Charitable Organizations in Minnesota

   
 
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Water Source

Approved Water Supply for Rural Businesses

 

Approved Water Supply for Rural Food Businesses

 

Approved Water Supply for Rural Businesses

 

Minnesota Well Index

 

FSMA Water Labs in Minnesota

 

Water Testing Labs in Minnesota

 
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Food Licensing

MDA Food Licenses

 

MDA Food Licenses

 

MDH Food Licenses

 

MDH Food Licenses

 

Special Event Food Stands

 

Special Event Food Stands

 

Seasonal Temporary Food Stand

 

Seasonal Temporary Food Stands

 

Seasonal Permanent Food Stand

 

Seasonal Permanent Food Stands

 

Mobile Food Units

 

Mobile Food Units

 
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Starting Licensed Food Businesses

 

Starting a Food Business Roadmap

 

Starting a Food Business Road Map

 

Acidified Food Processors Training

 

Acidified Food Processors Training

 

Commercial Kitchen Guide

 

Commercial Kitchen Guide

 
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Local Food Purchasing/Selling to Institutions:

 

Selling Minnesota Fact Sheet Series

 

FOOD from FARMS: Direct Purchasing of Local Foods Toolkit

 

Farmers Market Aggregation project

 

Farmers' Market Aggregation

 

Service of Traditional Foods in Public Facilities

 

Service of Traditional Foods in Public Facilities

 

Service of Traditional Foods in Public Facilities USDA Memo

 

Service of Traditional Foods in Public Facilities: USDA Memo

 
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On-Farm Food 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

 
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Farm & Food Business & Legal Information

 

Minnesota Secretary of State website image

 

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State

 

Farm Commons

 

Farm Commons

 

Farm Commons

 

Farmers' Legal Action Group

 

Agricultural Law Center at Drake Univ

 

Agricultural Law Center at Drake University

 

Public Health Law Center

 

Public Health Law Center at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law

 

Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center

 

Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center

 

Model Tribal Food and Agriculture Code

 

The Model Tribal Food and Agriculture Code

 
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Minnesota Constitution

 

MN Constitution Article XIII Subd 7

 

Product of the Farm or Garden

 
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Minnesota Statutes

 

MN Revisor of Statutes

 

Definitions & Legal Authority

Food Law Definitions – M.S. 34A.01

Legal Authority of MDA to Inspect - M.S. 31.04

Food Law; Inspection & Enforcement – M.S. 34A

Legal Authority of MDH to inspect & enforce – M.S. 157.20


MDA Licensing, Exclusions, & Exemptions

Licensing Food Handlers – M.S. 28A

Licensing Exclusions including Product of the Farm – M.S. 28A.15

Food Sampling & Demonstration Exemption – M.S. 28A.151

Cottage Food Exemption - M.S. 28A.152


MDH Licensing & Exemptions

Food, Beverage, and Lodging Establishments – M.S. 157

Food, Beverage, and Lodging Licensing Exemptions - M.S. 157.22

 
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Minnesota Rules

 

MN Revisor of Statutes

 

Food; General Rules – Rules Chapter 1550

Egg Handling Rules – Rules Chapter 1520

Minnesota Food Code – Rules Chapter 4626

Special Event Food Stand requirements – Rules Chapter 4626.1855

Regulations about dogs and food businesses

 
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Minnesota State Taxes

 

MN Department of Revenue

 

Selling Event Exhibitors and Operators, Fact Sheet #148

Prepared Food, Fact Sheet #102D

 
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Stay Connected!

 

MISA Discussion Groups

 

Discussion Groups Sponsored by MISA and U of MN Extension

 

Food Innovation Team

 

Food Innovation Team

 
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Get a FREE workshop for your county or tribal nation!

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 who can do local organizing for a training workshop. Make connections and help build your local food community! 

Register your county or tribal nation for a workshop




Scheduled Workshops:


October 8, Buffalo, 8:30 am to 12:45 pm   |   Flyer




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 with audio-visual equipment so we can show a PowerPoint presentation
  • Handle other workshop logistics such as snacks & beverages
  • Do local advertising and outreach to potential participants
  • Recruit at least three local food leaders who commit to participate in the training, take a binder of resources, and serve as local resource people

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