Seats still available for Feb. 22, 25, and 28 Extension home-food entrepreneur workshops BROOKINGS, S.D. - Entrepreneurs who seek the latest information on preparing and marketing foods they make at home can get insight at three workshops set for Feb. 22, Feb. 25, and Feb. 28. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host each workshop. Each will take place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and they will be held in Montrose on Feb. 22; in Hot Springs on Feb. 25; and in Sisseton on Feb. 28. Each workshop costs $15 and the fee includes materials and lunch. To take part, call the Extension office in each workshop location's county: * Montrose, McCook County Extension office at 605-425-2342. * Hot Springs, Fall River County Extension office at 605-745-5133. * Sisseton, Roberts County Extension office at 605-698-7627. The South Dakota Horizons project is sponsoring scholarships for participants who want to take part but cannot afford the fee. Ask about the scholarship opportunity when you register. The workshops are designed for people who plan to sell foods that they have made at home at local or regional farmers markets in South Dakota. Producers of these foods must comply with a new South Dakota food-safety law that sets requirements for baked goods and foods canned or processed in the home. In addition, the workshops will help home-food producers learn marketing skills that can help them succeed in these types of business ventures. Among the speakers is Extension Food Safety Specialist Joan Hegerfeld-Baker. She said the workshops are a place where sellers can address any questions they have about following the rules and regulations related to home-processed food sales. "This workshop will provide critical food-safety information that producers need to know beforethey take their products to farmers markets," Hegerfeld-Baker said. "Extension staff at the workshops can answer their questions and be there to help themwork through the details. We will provide the information and resources that anyone canning, baking, or producing food in their home needs in order to meet state requirements." Beyond learning the important aspects of South Dakota food safety standards, participants will gain sharp insight on market feasibility, promotion, and sales. Kari Fruechte, Extension Community Development Associate, said that newcomers to home food preparation and sales can develop connections that can help their home-businesses succeed. "These workshops pack in lots of information for entrepreneurs hoping to take their food products from their home or farm to the marketplace where they can earn extra income," Fruechte said. "Beyond the rules and regulations, we'll take an in-depth look at the options of available markets and the ways to best promote their products." In addition to Hegerfeld-Baker and Fruechte, Extension Horticulture Specialist Rhoda Burrows, Extension Leadership and Community Development Specialist Karla Trautman, and Extension Community Development Educator Darah Melroe will present information at the events. Call Hegerfeld-Baker with other questions or to suggest other sites in South Dakota where this sort of workshop would be beneficial at 605-688-6233.
Extension Food Entrepreneur Workshops