Education & Training

Education & Training

UW offering food processing and GAPs trainings

The University of Wyoming is offering several courses for home cooks and managers of canned food processing operations, as well as for fresh produce farmers.

Acidified Foods Processing (FDA approved) will be in February 4 and 5 (live video) and in Jackson (in-person only) March 3 and 4. People preserving food for resale or sale across state lines will be interested in the FDA course. According to the FDA, each processor of acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. The class will certify supervisors who make acid foods, acidified foods, and fermented foods that are packaged, jarred, or canned.

Acidified Foods Processing (home processing) will be all day in Casper on February 12. A live broadcast will be available. It will also be in Powell (in-person only) March 6. Home processors and those selling under the Wyoming Food Freedom Act will be most interested in the home course since it covers canning, preserving and pickling.

Farmers and those wishing to better understand on-farm food safety practices will be interested in the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) training. GAPs are best practices of on-farm production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. Courses will be live broadcasts Feb. 24 and March2, and in in-person training in Casper Feb. 22.

Each class is $20. Funds from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service are subsidizing the cost (an FDA course might cost $600 elsewhere). Registration links can be found at https://www.uwyo.edu/uwe/foodsafety. Direct questions to Cole Ehmke at cehmke@uwyo.edu.