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Product Development for Value-Added Prepared Foods

Geared to small scale producers of preserves, sauces, dressings and vinegars, snacks, baked goods and other value-added products.

DATES:            Monday, February 2, 2015 in Spokane; Tuesday, Mar. 24th in Sequim; Wednesday, Mar. 25th in Woodinville
TIME:                9:00am to 4:00pm
LOCATION:    Various (see above)
FEE:                   $95, general  admission (pre-registration is required)
Lunch, beverages and course packet included.

INSTRUCTORS: Fred Berman, Project Manager, NABC
Girish Ganjyal, Food Processing Specialist, WSU

This workshop will provide the region’s small scale prepared food producers with up-to-date information and technical knowledge of the food product development process for the specialty food industry and how to bring such products to market – targeted to start-up entrepreneurs and food product developers.

Students will be walked through the various steps from concept development to the market. There will be an emphasis on the factors to be considered for scaling up the product from the kitchen to commercial production. Numerous examples will be provided to illustrate the steps and end goal.  Along with the aspects of product development, the course will cover product cost calculations, with real-world business examples.

February 2, 2015 Workshop Flyer

March 24, 2015 Workshop Flyer

March 25, 2015 Workshop Flyer

January 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The January 2015 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

The January edition includes information about the Office of Farmland Preservation’s Spanish version of the succession planning workbook for farmers and ranchers in Washington, 2015 legislature information, job opportunities, recent reports, farm resources, education opportunities, grants, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

January 2015 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

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2014 Farmland Preservation in Washington Workshop presentations available!

The Washington State Conservation Commission Office of Farmland Preservation held a workshop on Thursday, December 11th at the Edmonds Conference Center aimed at bringing planners, farmland preservationists, and farmland mangement professionals together for a day of learning and conversation. Topics included Comprehensive Planning and Agriculture, Voluntary Stewardship Programs (VSP) and similar programs, and tools for protecting agricultural lands. Participants had the opportunity to engage speakers and attendants in an open discussion period following each presentation. Presentation materials were based on Washington State legal planning requirements and current approaches to farmland preservation and improving farmland use. Read more