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Become a Share Grounds Client

Check out our process for becoming a Share Grounds client. 

1

Client Intake Form

Complete the client intake form and schedule a meeting with the Share Grounds Manager.

2

Trial Run

Schedule a time to run a trial of your product in the Share Grounds Kitchen to determine if your product is safe, and practice a scale up run to determine if your product works on a commercial scale.

3

Contact Arkansas Dept. Of Health (ADH)

Contact Jacob Ellis jacob.ellis@arkansas.gov  

or

Brad Tubbs bradley.tubbs@arkansas.gov at the ADH regarding your intention to produce a product at the Share Grounds.

4

Contact Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

File your product with the FDA. Information on doing this can be found on the FDA website.

5

 Develop Procedures

The manager will assist the client with developing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP), Recall Plan, and an Allergen Plan.

6

 Product Label

Develop a product label. The Product Labeling Information Guide provides information on mandatory label requirements. For a nominal fee, AFIC can provide you with a nutritional facts panel.

7

Purchase Insurance

You must buy product liability insurance. The Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP) provides insurance to small food sellers (~$300/yr).

8

Permission and Review

Sign an agreement with the Cooperative Extension Service giving you permission to use the Share Grounds, and review all paperwork with the Share Grounds site manager.

9

ADH Permit

Apply for a food manufacturing permit from ADH. The application must include your SOP, SSOPs, recall plan, allergen plan and label.