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Local Food Business & Share Grounds Webinars

There is a lot to consider to run a successful small food businessThese webinars will provide helpful advice for local food business owners in Arkansas and provide guidance for our Share Grounds clients. You will find additional information immediately above each webinar, and be sure to visit our YouTube playlist for many more resources on local foods by clicking the button below.

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If you are interested in becoming a client at one of our Share Grounds sites, e-mail sharegrounds@uaex.edu.

Local Food Business Webinars

Whitney Horton, Program Manager with the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC), shares valuable information for those looking to develop and establish a food business here in Arkansas. In this webinar she reviews important considerations, such as who your customers and business partners are, what economic markets exist for your product, and expense and cost considerations. She also shares resources that the ASBTDC offers to food business entrepreneurs in the state. 

Please visit www.uaex.edu/localfoods and www.asbtdc.org for more information.

Angela Gardner, Program Associate and Share Grounds Project Manager with the University of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service, discusses trends occurring around “value added” food products in Arkansas. Value added foods include packaged, refrigerated, fresh-cut, and frozen items that typically require processing in a permitted commercial kitchen. In this webinar, she highlights consumer buying and consumption shifts, product marketing and labeling considerations, and how to test your food product concept in a budget-conscious manner.

Please visit www.uaex.edu/localfoods and www.uaex.edu/sharegrounds for more information.

Webinar coming in early 2021!

Cottage foods are specific types of food made in home kitchens, however, not all foods can be made at home and sold to the public. Food entrepreneurs and home-based food businesses can learn more about cottage foods in this webinar co-hosted with UAEX Family & Consumer Sciences, the Arkansas Department of Health and three cottage food business owners.
 
Visit our page on Cottage Food for more information.
 

Have you ever thought about what it takes to start your own food business? Some of the work that needs to be done includes recipe development, ingredient and nutritional considerations, equipment and costs, regulatory and permitting requirements, marketing and labeling, and much more. In this short webinar, John Swenson, Arkansas Food Innovation Center Manager (AFIC), walks you through these necessary steps to process food at AFIC and in Arkansas.

Please visit www.uaex.edu/localfoods and https://afic.uark.edu/ for more information.

Dr. Renee Threlfall, Research Scientist at the Food Science Department with the University of Arkansas System, reviews many topics related to processing food in Arkansas including food systems, Cottage Food Law, commercial food regulations, food product creation, and successful food business practices. She also shares the available commercial kitchens around the state including the Arkansas Food Innovation Center and the Share Grounds Certified Kitchens and Distribution Centers.

Please visit www.uaex.edu/sharegrounds and https://afic.uark.edu/ for more information.

Webinar coming in early 2021!

Webinar coming in early 2021!

Are you a small scale commercial food business, shared-use kitchen manager or food protection regulator? This webinar shares information on Good Manufacturing Practices, COVID-19 preparedness and preventative controls that you should consider to reduce contamination and disease spread within your food manufacturing facility. Lead by Cornell University Food Safety Specialist, Dr. Abby Snyder.
 
Please visit www.uaex.edu/localfoods for more information.
 


Share Grounds Webinars

The Share Grounds Certified Kitchens & Distribution Centers are an innovative approach to reduce food production barriers in rural communities by utilizing existing facilities and infrastructure at county fairgrounds located in Arkansas. In this presentation, Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez, Food Systems & Food Safety Specialist with the University of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service, discusses how the Share Grounds came to be, the value they bring to the state’s food system, the services offered at each site, and how you may become involved as a client. This presentation is part of a series on the Share Grounds and food business development in Arkansas.

Please visit www.uaex.edu/sharegrounds or e-mail sharegrounds@uaex.edu for more information.

Julia Fryer, Program Associate with the University of Arkansas System Cooperative Extension Service, distinguishes the different types of sales markets including direct, retail, and online that food businesses and farms may access to sell their food products and produce. In this webinar, she shares specific examples for each market category including unique options as well as their respective pros and cons.

Please visit www.uaex.edu/localfoods and www.uaex.edu/sharegrounds for more information.

Webinar coming in early 2021!



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