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2018 Workshops

Pop Up Restaurant with Presentation & Discussion on Non-GMO & Seed Saving

January 26, 2018 5-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of wonderful food & discussion with Eric Kampe & Paul B. Thompson. Eric runs Ann Arbor Seed Company, a small farm that produces a diverse selection of locally grown vegetable seeds. He has been growing seeds organically since 2007. Eric is passionate about encouraging everyone’s active participation in seed saving, allowing us to observe the beauty of a crop’s entire life-cycle, & connecting us to the selection process that makes truly great produce possible. Paul is the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at MSU. He has served in numerous advisory roles during his nearly 40-year career working with both producers & ag scientists and focused on both large commodity production systems & smaller scale organic & sustainable ag. His work ranges from farming systems & biotechnology to animal welfare. Dinner will be available for purchase from Building Block Catering at the beginning of the event
Register for the event at bit.ly/ancpopup2018

Who Licenses Your Food Business?

February 9, 2018 1-3pm

Licensing of ready to eat and packaged food products can be tricky! You need to know how your product is categorized, who to get licensing from, and what steps you need to take. Here to help are Amy Thomas from the Ingham County Health Department and Pam Weaver of Michigan Department of Agricultural &Rural Development. Register at bit.ly/licensingworkshopanc

What Farm Certification is Right for Me?

February 23, 2018 1-3pm

Choosing a farm certification that is best suited for your business can be a confusing and daunting task. Many options are available and here to talk about a few of them is Jen Silvari from Michigan Food & Farming Systems. Register at bit.ly/farmcertificationworkshopanc

FSMA & Writing a Farm Food Safety Manual

March 9, 2018 1-3pm

Join us as farm food safety expert, Phil Tocco of MSU Extension, explains farm food safety concerns for farmers. Phil will talk about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)and the impact on small farms. Learn how to identify potential food safety hazards and create a farm food safety plan. Register at bit.ly/FSMAworkshopanc

Branding Your Business

March 23, 2018 1-3pm

Small businesses today need more than a website and a logo. To stand out, you need a remarkable brand that blends strategy, design, and experience. In this session you will learn the necessary tools for defining your company’s brand personality, image, key message, taglines and more. You’ll come away with a strong framework for constructing your company’s own comprehensive brand. Led by Laurie Lonsdorf of SBDC. Register at bit.ly/brandingworkshopanc