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CSU Extension offers Cottage Food Producer training and launches Grow & Give donation program

Contact: Glenda Wentworth, Extension Director, 970-328-8632, glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us 
Denyse Schrenker, Horticulture & Small Acreage, 970 328-8633, denyse.schrenker@eaglecounty.us

May 28, 2020 – Eagle County’s CSU Extension Office will offer a virtual Colorado Cottage Food Producer training class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 29, June 12, and June 26. Pre-registration is available on Eventbrite at http://csu-ext-food-preservation.eventbrite.com.

The training will cover the specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen. Participants will learn:

  • Basic food safety, including proper hygiene, preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens, and temperature control for safe food.
  • Foods permissible in updated Colorado’s Cottage Food Act, including pickled fruits and vegetables.
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements.
  • Special considerations for food preparation at altitude.
  • Safe food sampling best practices. 

The cost for the online class is $40. 

For more information about Food Producer training, contact Glenda Wentworth in the Eagle County Extension Office at 970-328-8630 or at glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us.

Additionally, the county’s Master Gardener program is launching “Grow & Give” to encourage local residents to donate their vegetable transplants to Our Community Market for community members to take home. COVID-19 has dramatically increased food insecurity in Eagle County, impacting many residents. The Community Market has reported a doubling in demand, and anticipates future sustained needs. Grow & Give will be collecting vegetable transplants, or seedlings, at the CSU Extension office located at 441 Broadway Street in Eagle, and donating them. Vegetable seed donations are also welcome. Participants may also sign up to donate mature produce later this summer by visiting www.growandgivecolorado.org.

“You don’t need fancy equipment to start seeds at home,” says Denyse Schrenker, of Horticulture and Small Acreage. “As long as you have a bright sunny window you can start seeds at home. They can be started in a variety of common household items like egg cartons, toilet paper or paper towel rolls, plastic clam shells, or milk cartons. It’s a simple, but very impactful way that you can make a difference to your neighbors in need by improving our communal food security. We have lots of information available to help you get started.”

For more information, visit growandgivecolorado.org, or contact Denyse Schrenker at 970-379-7731, or email denyse.schrenker@eaglecountuy.us.