Gorge Grown Food Biz Incubator spring classes begin May 28

Local food and farm nonprofit Gorge Grown Food Network continues to provide training and education to aspiring food entrepreneurs with their spring workshop lineup.

The workshops are part of GGFN’s ongoing Food Biz Incubator program, which aims to connect fledgling food enterprises with existing resources here in the Gorge community.

The 2014 spring workshop series includes Food and Farm Law 101 on May 28 and Food Safety for Farmers and Value-Added Producers on June 11. Both classes will be in Hood River and will be instructed by local attorney Steve Seymour and local consultant Lisa Spicka, respectively.

More information about the workshops and how to register can be found at GGFN’s events calendar on their website: gorgegrown.com. Seating is limited, so GGFN is requiring pre-registration.

“There is a lot of underutilized business expertise in our community,” says GGFN Executive Director Michelle McGrath. “There also happens to be an abundance of Gorge folks eager to launch food and farm start-ups. GGFN wants to connect the experts with the start-ups for continued success of both groups. It’s all part of a greater self-sufficiency goal for the Gorge.”

GGFN’s Food Biz Incubator program collaborates with public and private resource providers throughout the Gorge area to deliver a diverse range of training, education and support for new food businesses. For example, one of GGFN’s core partners, WSU Extension, is heavily involved in supporting efforts to promote value-added agriculture development in the region.

“WSU Extension has a lot of educational resources that our community can benefit from. Partners like Gorge Grown help us get the word out that we are here as a resource and excited to help, “says Todd Murray, director of both Skamania and Klickitat WSU Extension.

WSU Extension is offering a workshop in Lyle, Wash., on June 3 entitled “Ready, Set, Launch a Business!” This course will be an overview of the business start-up process. Information and registration for this workshop is also available at GGFN’s events calendar on gorgegrown.com.

GGFN currently receives funding from Meyer Memorial Trust to operate their Food Biz Incubator program.

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