Food Safety Best Practices for Home-Based Entrepreneurs

Free Workshop for Producers

July 18, 2023


Join AERO on Tuesday, July 18th at 3pm for a workshop on Food Safety Best Practices for Home-Based Entrepreneurs. This workshop will cover food safety practices to ensure safe production and handling of your products, from ingredient purchasing to the point of sale. Workshop panelists include Laura Finley, a ServSafe Trainer, and Kristen Revier, owner of Orange Eyed Owl Wild Snacks.

In this workshop, we will also release and review AERO’s new Food Safety Assessment Tool for Home Producers, a resource to help producers implement best practices in their home kitchens. The Food Safety Assessment Tool for Home Producers incorporates commercial food safety principles (Good Manufacturing Practices and HACCP) and is crafted for cottage food producers and home producers selling at farmers markets under the Local Food Choice Act.

This workshop is free and open to all. We will have ample time for questions, and are happy to go over the particulars of your production needs.

About the panelists:

Laura Finley is the owner of Finley Food & Beverage Consulting, a Montana-based food & beverage consulting agency that offers ServSafe Certified Food Protection Manager Trainings across the northwestern United States. Laura is a former health inspector with over 20 years of experience in the food industry, and currently offers consultation services for new and established food businesses looking for added support.  

Kristen Revier, owner of Orange Eyed Owl Wild Snacks in Missoula, MT, creates, bakes, and sells wheat and dairy free spiced nuts, crackers, and cookies, made with love in small batches to guarantee quality and freshness. Prior to starting her small business, Kristen had an extensive career in the food service industry as a baker, chef, kitchen manager, and recipe developer.

The Food Safety Assessment Tool for Home Producers was created by AERO in partnership with Montana State University Extension, with funding from Western Extension Risk Management Education.

The material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34713.

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Mailing address: PO Box 1558, Helena MT 59624-1558

Physical address: 32 S Ewing St #314, Helena MT 59601