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Producing Value-Added Foods Safely, Legally and Successfully

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In this one-day intensive Ecofarm PreConference workshop, you’ll learn how to produce value-added foods from value-added food businesses; get a clear update on the laws which apply to value-added food production in California and the US, including Cottage Foods; become acquainted with the language of the value-added foods business; and get a thorough introduction to the roles of retailers, distributors and brokers. You’ll also hear about the challenges and successes of three producers who are marketing organic, value-added products.
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With this session you’ll walk away knowing how to:
  • Produce your product legally and safely
  • Use basic marketing concepts to build your brand
  • Get your products on the shelf at supermarkets and specialty retailers
  • Price your product for profit

Speakers: Kathryn Lukas, Farmhouse Culture; Megali Brecke, Kitchen Witch; Jenna Muller, Full Belly Kitchen; Danielle Shaeffer, New Leaf Community Markets; Merrilee Olson, Preserve Farm Kitchen; Shermain Hardesty, UC Small Farm Program; and Erin DiCaprio, UC Davis Food Science Department.

You have the option to attend just this workshop. The $75 workshop registration fee includes an organic lunch. For the agenda, click here. Contact Shermain Hardesty, workshop organizer, regarding questions about the workshop content.

REGISTER HERE For the Preconference and other Conference Packages

USDA Announces Streamlined Guaranteed Loans and Additional Lender Category for Small-Scale Operators

USDA recently announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.

These EZ Guarantee Loans will help beginning and underserved farmers obtain the capital they need to get their operations off the ground, and they can also be helpful to those who have been farming for some time but need extra help to expand or modernize their operations. USDA’s Farm Service Agency has offices in nearly every county in the country.

USDA also unveiled a new category of lenders that will join traditional lenders, such as banks and credit unions, in offering USDA EZ Guarantee Loans... ...read more