March 23rd, 2012 by Heather Westenhofer
The Cottage Food Law will be voted on by the California state legislature next week. This bill will allow entrepreneurs to use their home kitchens to prepare “non-potentially hazardous goods” such as bread, granola, candy and jam for retail sale. This is a HUGE step already taken by numerous other states in allowing small food businesses to start up without the exorbitant costs of building or renting commercial kitchen space. Please consider contacting your state assembly member and senator and letting him or her know how important this bill is.
More about the Cottage Food Law: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/02/cottage-food-bill-introduced-in-california/
How to take action: http://www.theselc.org/cottagefood/takeaction/
March 14th, 2012 by Heather Westenhofer
Many of you are familiar with Joel Salatin’s work at Polyface Farms, and if you have never seen him speak in person, I highly recommend it. This event is not necessarily in our backyard (he is speaking in Chico), but even if you can’t make it up to see him, please read the info about this event: they will be using the income to pay for a private lunch for Salatin and members of the California Departments of Public Health and Food and Agriculture, the USDA, and more. So consider sending a donation, to allow our state and national agencies to hear a voice of reason!