Food-safety training for on-farm entrepreneurs set Feb. 10

January 31, 2018

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is offering On-Farm Food Safety Training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Kent County Cooperative Extension office, 69 Transportation Circle, in Dover. The fee is $50.

The 8-hour class will be taught by Kathleen Splane, UD family and consumer science extension educator.

"This training is ideal for anyone who wishes to sell allowable products that are grown from their farm," said Splane.

Participants will learn how to identify potentially hazardous and non-potentially hazardous foods; understand foodborne pathogens and ways to control them; reduce the risk of foodborne illness; evaluate their plan for controlling potential microbial problems; and understand state regulations on farm-produced, non-potentially hazardous food items.

Non-potentially hazardous food items include baked breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, non-chocolate candy, jellies, jams, preserves, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit pies, herbs in vinegar, honey and herb mixtures, dried fruit and vegetables, spices or herbs, maple syrup, sorghum, popcorn, caramel corn, peanut brittle and roasted nuts.

The training, certification and inspections of farm kitchens are required under Delaware regulations adopted in 2006, and they apply to farmers who wish to process non-potentially hazardous foods in their on-farm home kitchens for sale to the public at DDA-listed farmers markets, on their farm or at a roadside stand on or near their farm. On-farm kitchens will be inspected by appointment after participants complete the training and pass a written test.

To register for the training, email Jan Unflat at or call 302-730-4000.