utExtensionFood for Profit takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business by adding value to fruits and vegetables. The workshop provides information that you will be able to use immediately to ensure that your business starts out and grows in a way that matches your vision and goals. Topics covered include the realities of a food business by a local food manufacturer, regulatory requirements, packaging, safe food handling, marketing, financing, and developing a game plan.

Dates and Locations for Spring 2015:
April 20 – Greeneville, TN
April 21 – Knoxville, TN,
May 4 – Lebanon, TN, May 5 – Bolivar, TN

Sessions begin at 9am and end at 4pm local time. Lunch will be provided.
Location details will be emailed to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Pre-registration is required and must be received five business days prior to each workshop. There is a registration fee of $30 per person. Workshops are limited to 25 participants per location. Locations without adequate registrations may be cancelled. Contact Megan Bruch Leffew with questions at (931) 486-2777.

This workshop qualifies as one course toward the educational requirements to receive 50% TAEP cost share for ONLY: Fruits and Vegetables and Value-Added diversification sectors.

These workshops are offered through the UT Extension and the Center for Profitable Agriculture. These workshops are funded, in part, through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant and administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Food for Profit is a branded educational program of Penn State Cooperative Extension.