September 23, 2015

Workshop Saturday, Oct. 17 at WNC

Workshop Focus on Growing Artisan Food

Jam Made from David Calvert-Jacobs Far,
Jam Made from David Calvert-Jacobs Far,

The booming artisanal food market provides farmers and chef entrepreneurs new opportunities to create profitable specialty food products and businesses.

The Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute offers ‘Creating a Specialty Food Business with Food from the Farm’ workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m." 4 p.m., at WNC Carson City Campus, 2201 West College Parkway.

Cost is $25 for those registering by October 10, and $35 afterward. Lunch is included, and seating is limited.

The workshop includes a tour of the Italian Hearts processing facility in Gardnerville, Nev. Online registration is available at

From business planning to product development, the workshop will provide the foundation to build a successful business. It will explore concept feasibility, marketing strategies, packaging design, ways to access local food, processing options and more.

Participants will also learn about food safety and state and FDA regulations. The workshop includes a question and answer panel session with successful local specialty food entrepreneurs.

Featured speaker Tim Sullivan is president of Sage Food Group, a consulting firm for the specialty food industry. With more than 20 years of experience, Sullivan operated an FDA-inspected specialty food manufacturing plant, and understands the details of food manufacturing, branded products, co-packing and private label. Sullivan's speaking and consulting expertise is in demand, at the Whole Foods Local Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco, and at the University of California, Davis’s “Getting Started in the Specialty Foods Business” seminars for more than a decade.

The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative program that teaches alternative farming methods to local growers. Funding is provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Information/registration: Ann Louhela - 775-423-7565 Ext. 2260 or

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198

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