Online Support for New England Food Entrepreneurs; New England Extension Food Safety Consortium
 

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New England Extension Food Safety Consortium; Universities of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

This website is funded by a grant from the NE Extension Consortium.

NE Extension Consortium provides equal program opportunities without regard to race, age, sex or preference, creed, or disability (2011).

Training/Education

NATIONAL

These sources offer training on business, food safety and technical aspects of food processing throughout the year and in various locations across the country.

Source

Title

Description

Small Business Administration

Business Workshops

Online courses on starting and growing a business; access to state events.

REGIONAL

These sources offer training on business, food safety and technical aspects of food processing throughout the year and in various locations throughout the northeast region.

Source

Title

Description

The Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship

Business and food processing workshops and seminars in New York and New England

Training and resources on a variety of business and technical aspects of food processing and promotion. Topics and training locations vary.

New England Food Safety Consortium

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

Resources on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)

 

Conferences and Skills Workshops

Access to calendar of regional conferences and practical skills workshops. Some national conferences also listed.

University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension

HACCP for Cheese, Cider, Meat and Poultry

Workshops and courses in HACCP for these commodities.

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

HACCP for Cider, Meat and Poultry, Seafood
pivarnik@uri.edu

Workshops and courses in HACCP for these commodities.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

HACCP and Better Process Control School

Contact information for kit with fact sheets, video and notebook introducing the concept of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) to small-scale food processors.

Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center

Business Workshops and Classes

Classes on topics from food safety and business planning, to writing press releases.

 

STATE TRAINING RESOURCES

Connecticut

Source

Title

Description

Connecticut Business Training Networks

Business Basics

Provides access to training and consultant services in such areas as legal issues, management and development.

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Food Manager Certification

Schedule of certification courses and exams across the state.

University of Connecticut

Food Manager Certification

Information on certification courses as workshops and CD-ROM.

University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension

General Food Safety Resources

For over 40 factsheets on food safety, food processing and food technologies and “Ask the Food Safety Expert” feature.

University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension

HACCP for Cheese, Cider, Meat and Poultry
dhirsch@canr.uconn.edu

Workshops and courses in HACCP.

Massachusetts

Source

Title

Description

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

Business Basics

Listing of courses on topics such as starting a business, expanding a business, and managing finances.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Food Protection Program

Food Manager Certification

List of trainers and exam administrators.

University of Massachusetts Extension

Food Manager Certification

Information and registration for certification courses.

University of Massachusetts Department of Food Science

Food processing

Information on courses and degree in food science.

Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center

Food processing

Training and technical assistance on product development and food processing.

University of Massachusetts Extension – Nutrition Education Program

General Food Safety Resources

Basic food safety publications, many available in multiple languages.

University of Massachusetts Extension – Nutrition Education Program

General Food Safety Workshops

Information about workshops and materials on basic food safety.

University of Massachusetts Extension – Nutrition Education Program

HACCP for Small Food Processors

Contact information for kit with fact sheets, video and notebook introducing the concept of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) to small-scale food processors.

     

Maine

Source

Title

Description

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

General Food Safety Resources

Factsheets on basic food safety practices

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

HACCP and Better Process Control School

Contact information for kit with fact sheets, video and notebook introducing the concept of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) to small-scale food processors.

University of Maine
Cooperative Extension


Small business education calendar
Schedule of workshops and courses offered at county Extension offices. Topics include record keeping, pricing products, customer service.

New Hampshire

Source

Title

Description

New Hampshire Small Business Development Center

e-Learning for Entrepreneurs

Listing of courses such as starting a business and managing finances.

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Food Manager Certification

 

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

General Food Safety Resources

Food safety publications and resources from farm to table.

Rhode Island

Source

Title

Description

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development

Provides training on all aspects of business development

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

Food Manager Certification

Factsheets and information

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

General Food Safety Resources

Food safety publications and resources from farm to table.

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

HACCP for Cider, Meat and Poultry, Seafood
pivarnik@uri.edu

Workshops and courses in HACCP for these commodities

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

Food Manager Certification

mpatnoad@uri.edu
Information about and schedules for food manager certification and recertification courses.

Vermont

Source

Title

Description

Vermont Small Business Development Center

Small Business Training and Workshops

In person, online, and e-learning courses on starting and growing your business
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center

Lean Manufacturing

Courses on product development, lean manufacturing, and related topics
Vermont Institute for Artisanal Cheese

Artisanal Cheesemaking and related topics

Courses on general cheese-making, quality and  chemistry of milk, hygiene and safety, sensory evaluation and related topics.
University of Vermont Extension HACCP and food safety for meats, poultry, maple, food processors Information will be forthcoming about future courses to be held in Vermont on HACCP and food safety for meats, poultry, maple, food processors. Contact Londa.Nwadike@uvm.edu
University of Vermont Extension

General Food Safety Education and Resources

Food safety publications and resources

UVM Extension/USDA Women’s Agriculture Network

Growing Places and other courses for Women in Agriculture

Educational Opportunities and Resources for Women in Agriculture
UVM Extension New Farmer Project

Webinars for new farmers

Webinars are offered on various topics for new farmers, including information on food safety and food marketing
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Good Agricultural Practices for produce growers

Resources and information from UVM Extension’s program on GAPs