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Consumers need to be able to make informed decisions about how to select, prepare, store and preserve nutritious food safely. With all of the media reports related to the safety and quality of our food, consumers could use some unbiased researched based information to help them with their decisions. Then there is the responsibility of practicing safe food handling to prevent illness and disease.

Colorado Cottage Food Act

In 2012, the Colorado Legislature enacted Senate Bill 12-048 allowing individuals to produce, sell and store certain types of “cottage food” products in an unlicensed home kitchen. The Colorado Cottage Foods Act allows individuals to make and sell a limited range of foods that are non-potentially hazardous and that do not require refrigeration. These foods are limited to spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, flour and baked goods, including candies, fruit empanadas, and tortillas. Learn more about the Colorado Cottage Food Preparation at

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program

The CSU Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a free, healthy eating and active living education program for pregnant women, parents, teens, and youth who currently receive or are eligible to receive assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, Head Start, free- or reduced-lunch.  Learn more about the EFNEP program or enroll for classes.

Other Nutrition, Healthy Lifestyles, Food Safety & Preservation Online Resources

Cottage Food Safety Trainings