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Blazing Trails through Jungle of Food Regulations Trainings Offered in Feb.

The food regulatory landscape in Minnesota is complex, but there are pathways for farmers and other local food entrepreneurs to sell what they grow and make – and for local businesses and institutions to buy it.

Learn how federal, state, and local laws and agencies interact in the realm of food licensing. Understand the basics of food regulation to ensure food safety. Gain insight on how to navigate the system and how to access help if you get stuck.

This training is free and open to public. Extension and SHIP educators, community organizers, farmers’ market managers, farmer organization leaders, school board members, school food service directors, economic development staff, public health staff, health care facility administrators and food service directors, community or school garden coordinators, grocery store and restaurant owners, farmers, and food makers are all invited.

Blazing Trails is a four-hour workshop that will be offered live via Zoom on six days in February. Attend any of the six; all trainings cover the same material.

Register: z.umn.edu/BlazingTrails

• Feb. 6: 11 am to 3 pm

Trainer: Kathy Zeman, MN Farmers’ Market Association

• Feb. 8: 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Trainer: Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside

• Feb. 11:1:30-5:30 p.m.

MN Institute for Sustainable Ag

• Feb. 20: 11 a.m-3 p.m.

Trainer: Kathy Zeman, MN Farmers’ Market Association

• Feb. 22: 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Trainer: Brett Olson, Renewing the Countryside

• Feb. 27 — 3:00 to 7:00 pm Trainer: Jane Jewett, MN Institute for Sustainable Ag

Blazing Trails is funded by a North Central SARE grant and offered through collaboration of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA), the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association, and Renewing the Countryside.

More about Blazing Trails: https://www.misa.umn.edu/resources/blazing-trails

Contact: Kim Guenther, Marshall Farmers’ Market Coordinator, market@marshallareaymca.org

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