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March 2019

Building Blocks: From the Start to Selling

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall, 16 S. Washington
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Gretchen Kopmanis informally started the Czechbox Bakery in 2012. Based on lessons she’s learned, she’ll guide you through the planning stages for starting a successful business including product development, establishing your brand, pricing strategies, record keeping, marketing, display and setting up as a Farmers Market vendor. Growing Hope’s Farmers Market & Nutrition Manager, Dayna Popkey, will answer questions for prospective Ypsilanti Farmers Market vendors. This is a beginning level workshop, geared for people just starting to think about starting a…

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Building Blocks: Cottage Food Law

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall, 16 S. Washington
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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In the state of Michigan, you can make many products at home and legally sell them at a farmers market, such as jams, pies or dried herbs. Understand what you can legally make and sell under the Cottage Food Law. Heather Duncan from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will speak about the technicalities of the Cottage Food Law and how you can get your dream food business started. This is a beginning level workshop, geared for people…

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April 2019

Building Blocks: WCC Entrepreneurship Center Workshop

April 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall, 16 South Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Kristin Gapske of the Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center (WCCEC) will speak about the resources available at the Entrepreneurship Center, WCC non credit courses and other resources on campus. Learn about the process of starting a business and WCCEC guidance that can help develop a business. Elisa Marroquin, Growing Hope’s MarketPlace & Incubator Kitchen Manager, will talk about the specifics of renting Growing Hope’s Incubator Kitchen and provide a tour of the space. Light refreshments served Parking available on site…

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Building Blocks: Food Safety Regulations for Farmers

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall, 16 South Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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The Food Safety Modernization Act (or FSMA) is a federal regulation for on-farm food safety for fruit and vegetable growers that all farmers need to comply with. Marissa Schuh, Vegetable Educator with MSU-Extension, will cover the basics of what FSMA is, how to figure out if you can be exempt and the infrastructure and processes regulated. They will focus on Produce Safety Rule, the section that most specialty crop farms need to know about. Washtenaw County Local Food Coordinator Jae…

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Building Blocks: Licensed Food Production and the Growing Hope Incubator Kitchen

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Robert C. Barnes Sr. MarketPlace Hall, 16 South Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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Learn about the process and steps it takes to developing a licensed food business. Heather Duncan from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) will speak about the different licensing options and how you can get your dream food business started. Elisa Marroquin, Growing Hope’s MarketPlace & Incubator Kitchen Manager, will talk specifics about renting Growing Hope’s Incubator Kitchen and provide a tour of the space. This is a mid level workshop, geared for people who already have…

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