K-State virtual workshops on selling food directly to consumers offered
MANHATTAN, Kansas – The Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension will be offering virtual workshops from Jan.31 to Feb.4, 2022, to assist vendors and managers at farmers’ markets, as well as those who wish to sell food products directly to consumers. The workshop series consists of four lunch and e-learning sessions, followed by a half-day virtual workshop. Select K-State research and extension offices will be offering in-person monitoring evenings for the February 4 half-day workshop.
“Over the past two years, we’ve seen an increase in people’s enthusiasm for locally sourced foods, and these workshops will address common questions and concerns of farmers and small businesses who are seizing these opportunities to reach out to them. local consumers, ”said Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri. “It is also important for farmers to understand certain legal, safety and financial parameters before choosing to sell direct to the consumer or at a farmers market. In 2021, 89 Farmers’ Markets were registered with KDA’s Central Farmer’s Market Registry.
The dates and topics for each Lunch and Learn online session are as follows:
Monday January 31 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m .: Food security for value-added food products
Tuesday February 1 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m .: Sales tax, food packaging and maintenance of your certified scales
Wednesday February 2, noon to 1 p.m .: Meat and Poultry, Kansas Value Added Meats Lab
Thursday February 3, noon to 1 p.m.: Accept EBT / SNAP and double food dollars
The half-day virtual workshop on Friday February 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will cover topics such as how to market your market and stand, how to identify common legal risks, senior farmers market nutrition program, vegetable production, From the country of Kansas program and resources available from KSRE. Keynote speaker Brian Coppom, Colorado Department of Agriculture, will also discuss best practices for business success when it comes to farmers’ markets.
KDA’s Weights and Measures program will offer free scale certification with a paid registration for an online workshop.
Registration for the January / February virtual workshops is now open. The cost is $ 5 per participant. Register on www.fromthelandofkansas.com/FMWorkshop.
For more information contact Janelle Dobbins, KDA From the country of Kansas Marketing Manager, at 785-564-6759 or [email protected] The workshops are funded by the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, the Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
KDA is committed to providing an environment that enhances and encourages the economic growth of the Kansas agriculture industry and economy. Kansas Farmers Markets not only provide a source of fresh food, but also boost the local economy. Kansas Ag’s Growth Strategy identified training for small businesses through workshops as a key growth outcome for the specialty crop industry. Farmer’s Market / Direct-to-Consumer Workshops will provide education through partnerships to help increase the success of Kansas farmers, ranchers and agri-food businesses.