Blazing Trails through the Jungle of Food Regulations

The food regulatory landscape in Minnesota is complex, but there are pathways for farmers and other local food entrepreneurs to sell what they grow and make – and for local businesses and institutions to buy it. Learn how federal, state, and local laws and agencies interact in the realm of food licensing. Understand the basics of food regulation to ensure food safety. Gain insight on how to navigate the system and how to access help if you get stuck.

Blazing Trails Resource List

Blazing Trails Slide Deck

Local Food Sales Resources

Need help navigating regulations?


Jane Grimsbo Jewett
Associate Director
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
University of Minnesota
[email protected]

Kathy Zeman
Executive Director
Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association
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Brett Olson
Creative Director & Co-Founder
Renewing the Countryside
[email protected]

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