WORKSHOPS: Food For Profit – March 15 & March 16
To help producers interested in starting their own food processing enterprises, UT Extension is once again offering Pennsylvania State Extension’s popular food processing education program to Tennessee. Food for Profit workshops take participants step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business. The workshop provides information that participants will be able to use immediately to ensure that their business starts out and grows in a way that matches their vision and goals. Topics covered include the realities of a food business by a local food manufacturer, regulatory requirements, packaging, safe food handling, marketing, financing, and developing a game plan.

The workshop will be offered in two locations this spring. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required five business days prior to the workshops.

Food for Profit will be held March 15 in Unicoi at the Town of Unicoi Tourist Information Center and will include a tour of the new Mountain Harvest Kitchen. Register online by March 8 at https://www.picatic.com/event15070512594441. Thanks to funding made available through the Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grant, registration for this event is only $10 per person. Contact Lee manning at the Mountain Harvest Kitchen with questions at lmanning@unicoitn.net or (423) 330-9650.

Food for Profit will also be held March 21 in Centerville at the Emergency Operations Center. Register by March 14 for this event at https://tiny.utk.edu/FFP. There is a registration fee of $30 per person. Contact Megan Bruch Leffew with questions at mleffew@utk.edu or (931) 486-2777.

Workshops are limited to 25 participants per location. Workshops not having an adequate number of registrations by the early registration deadline may be cancelled. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. local time. Lunch will be provided. See attached flier for details.

This workshop qualifies as one course toward the educational requirements to receive 50% Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program cost share for ONLY: Fruits and Vegetables and Value-Added producer diversification sectors.

Register online…