This unique offering is for food producers and entrepreneurs in northern New
York. It’s best suited to producers who want to engage in making improvements to their
business in a supportive environment with like-minded local entrepreneurs and instructors.
Participants of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to participate. This includes
individuals in the planning stages as well as existing business owners eager to gain new skills.
Each of the 4 webinars will focus on a particular facet of managing a food business. Every session will include a presentation, activity for the group, plus resources to learn more after each session including recorded conversations with other small NYS food entrepreneurs. Sessions 1-4 are webinars held on Zoom 6:00-7:30pm on a weekday. See below for exact days.
4 Online webinars, attend 1 or more as needed for your business
Session 1: Understanding Food Business Types, Tuesday, February 13th
Session 2: Estimating Costs of Starting a Food Business, Wednesday, February 28th
Session 3: Tackling Recipe Approvals, Record Keeping, and Food Safety, Wednesday, March 6th
Session 4: Creating Effective and Legal Product Labels, Wednesday March 13th
Session 5: In-person, Wednesday, March 27th, 6:00-7:30pm
The course instructor for this series is Flip Filippi. She is the Local Foods Program Leader at the Extension Learning Farm and manages the onsite shared-use space the Harvest Kitchen. Flip works with everyone from producers looking to create value-added products to consumers eager to access foods produced in the region. Flip has a Master's in Education, and has completed trainings as Master Food Preserver, Food Safety Manager's Training, Better Process Control School for Acidified Products, and FSMA Regulations for Small Food Producers.
What should I expect in the online classes? Each online class will include a presentation from the instructor covering new material as well as an activity and period of Q and A. Participants will gain perspective on the questions to ask to make important decisions to adapt their business. Every session will introduce new resources and goodies for entrepreneurs to use as they improve their businesses. Also, instructor is available immediately after each class ends to stay online 7:30-8pm to chat about other questions participants may have that are beyond the current days topic.
Can I attend just one session? Participants can attend every week to experience the entire course OR simply participate in the session that is most useful for them. Click below to sign up for any or all of the four online sessions. The closing event, with dinner, tour and mock inspection costs $15 and requires a separate simple registration to RSVP. This RSVP sign-up will become available after the programming begins.
This programming is made possible with funding from the USDA Rural Business Development Grant.
This event is online
Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
2043B State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617
Last updated February 21, 2024