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Food for Profit Workshop

February 12 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This UT Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture workshop gives you the tools to get your small food business started.

UT Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture is offering this popular food processing education workshop to help farmers and food entrepreneurs interested in starting their own food processing enterprises. Megan Leffew, Marketing Specialist, and Nathan Miller, Food Safety Specialist, will lead sessions on planning your business, regulations, marketing, safe food handling, packaging, financing and more providing information that participants will be able to use immediately to make sure their businesses start out and grow in a way that matches their vision and goals.

About the Instructors:

Megan Lefew joined the Center for Profitable Agriculture in June 2003 as a Marketing Specialist and focuses on marketing fundamentals and applied research. She provides leadership to the Center’s programs in agritourism, value-added fruit and vegetable products, farmers markets and other direct marketing channels. Megan is a native of Yuma, Colorado and was raised on a commercial cow/calf operation. She earned a M.S. degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis in marketing and a B.S degree in agricultural business and animal science-industry from Colorado State University.

Nathan Miller has worked with UT Extension focused on food safety since 2016. Prior to working in the Food Science Department, he worked for 10 years in the meat manufacturing industry in Quality Assurance. Nathan leads the UT Extension Domestic Kitchen and Better Process Control School Workshops.

Workshop Schedule At a Glance:

8:30 am Registration, Refreshments and Networking

9:00 am Welcome and Announcements

9:10 am Developing the Game Plan

9:50 am Legally Speaking

10:35 am Break

10:45am Food Safety for New Businesses

12:00 pm Lunch & Networking

12:45 pm Realities of a Food Business

1:30 pm Finding a Niche Market

2:15 pm Break

2:25 pm Packaging Your Product

3:10 pm Financing Your Venture

3:50 pm Share Your Next Steps, Collect Evaluations

4:00 pm Adjourn


Seats are limited and tickets are non-refundable. Registration includes instruction materials and lunch will be provided on site. Early bird registration is $15, if purchased by February 7th. Registration after February 7th is $25.

This workshop fulfills a TAEP requirement in ONLY the following sectors: Fruits & Vegetables and Value-Added diversification sectors. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, please contact Clay Dunivan at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at

Food for Profit is a branded educational program of Penn State Cooperative Extension. This workshop is funded, in part, through USDA Rural Development.

Questions? Contact us at or (423) 330-9650.


February 12
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mountain Harvest Kitchen
106 Unicoi Village Place
Unicoi, TN 37692
(423) 330-9650