The good news:
The new SB 206 law could possibly mean no more renting out those commercial kitchens in order to sell your “cottage food”. What a “Cottage Food Law” allows, is state residents to use their own kitchen facility to produce food items that are not potentially hazardous. In order to start safe, in terms of food safety, the movement is starting small, with a list of foods that do not require temperature control including jams, vinegars, dried teas and herbs, dried fruits, nut mixes, granola, and a broad array of baked goods (sorry, no custard or meringue, meat or dairy). SB 206, the Nevada Cottage Foods Law, will enable small farmers and home cooks to create value-added foods in their home kitchens for direct sale from the cottage food producer to consumers at venues such as farmers’ markets, craft fairs, flea markets, and church bazaars. The bill has been created on close collaboration with the Nevada State health Division, and positive conversation is occurring with the other state health districts.
The first hearing:
SB 206 on Cottage Food Industries has its first hearing on Tuesday, March 19, at 3:30 pm in Room 2149 of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, or by video teleconference from Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hearing room at the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 East Washington, 4th floor, Vegas. The bill’s prime sponsor is Senator Aaron Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org (please copy his assistant, Lauren Brooks at email@example.com). The SET Ag Workgroup participant Jack Jacobs of Jacob’s Berry Farms in Minden will be among those offering testimony in support of SB206 at the hearing.
Who supports this idea:
Nevada business owners, farmers, aspiring entrepreneurs and economic development groups and policy experts are all expressing support for the concept. Many groups including Great Basin Food Co-Op, USDA Rural Development, Nevada Diabetes Association, Sunny Day Organic Farms, Mitchies Munchies of Vegas, Annie Cakes, Inc of Yerington, Fernley Business and Entrepreneur Center, NNDA, Mineral County Economic Development Authority, WNC Specialty Crop Institute, Fallon Farmers’ Collaborative, Silver Stage and Dayton Food Pantries, Edible Reno Tahoe magazine, University Nevada Cooperative Extension, Churchill Economic Development Authority, and dozens of others have noted support for the idea.
How can you support?
Write to the legislators, especially these other strong supporters of the SB 206:
Assembly woman Ellen Spiegel: Ellen.Spiegel@asm.state.nv.us
Senator Debbie Smith: Debbie.Smith@sen.state.nv.us
Senator James Settelmeyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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