Episode 3: The Proof Is In The Paperwork

Ever hear the saying, “The Proof Is In The Pudding”? Unfortunately, no pudding will help you prove anything in a court of law. Paperwork – that is, documentation and record-keeping can be a drag, but it’s important. After watching this episode of Foundtree TV you’ll see why it’s a crucial… Continue Reading

Entrepreneurship: Why Self-Care Is So Important

Entrepreneurship: Why Self-Care Is So Important

Over the weekend, I facilitated the 2-day Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop in the beautiful Creston Valley of BC with Marketing Guru Greg McLaren of Left Field Marketing and the help of Paris Marshall Smith of Fields Forward. I can’t get over what a beautiful experience it was. We had a… Continue Reading

Thermometer Calibration Made Easy

Thermometer Calibration Made Easy

Thermometers help us keep food safe.  This measuring device needs to be accurate, and the only way to ensure that your thermometer is accurate is to calibrate it. In this video I’m going to show you how to calibrate your thermometer.  The video comes with a downloadable Thermometer Calibration Procedure… Continue Reading

Business Planning Workshop Coming To Creston!

Business Planning Workshop Coming To Creston!

Fields Forward, Foundtree Product Design and Left Field Marketing is pleased to announce that the incredibly successful Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop is coming to beautiful Creston Valley, BC! The 2-day Agri-Food Business planning workshop, is a program funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and has already supported over 200 entrepreneurs across BC since… Continue Reading

Episode 1 – Productivity & Profits

Episode 1 – Productivity & Profits

Want to know the industry’s best-kept secret to growing your small-scale food processing business? It’s all in Mastering Your Operations. In this Episode of Foundtree TV, we’re going to learn how to turn productivity challenges into profits. Continue Reading

Food Safety & Traceability Funding Announced

Food Safety & Traceability Funding Announced

Yup, you read that correctly. The Post-Farm Food Safety Program is now open for applications (doing a happy dance)! To achieve a world-class level of food safety, British Columbia (BC) food and beverage manufacturers are taking part in the Post-Farm Food Safety and Traceability Program. This cost-sharing initiative, actively running… Continue Reading

Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop – Fall 2016 Schedule

Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop – Fall 2016 Schedule

Partners for Growth Advisory Services and Foundtree Product Design are pleased to announce that the incredibly successful Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop is returning this Fall! The 2-day Agri-Food Business planning workshop, is a program funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and has already supported over 200 entrepreneurs across BC since inception… Continue Reading

Food Safety Quickie #1 – What Do Listeria and Sinks Have in Common?

Food Safety Quickie #1 – What Do Listeria and Sinks Have in Common?

Listeria loves to live in sinks, especially in hard to clean places like drains. A client of mine recently upgraded an on-farm food processing facility. We intentionally installed a dedicated hand washing station. Why? One of the reasons is for control and prevention of Listeria monocytogenes. This not-so-friendly bacteria can… Continue Reading

Food Industry Specialist, Sylvia Chong, Receives CCHP Designation

A professional designation or qualification, is a designation earned by a person to ensure qualification to perform a job or task. The CCHP designation stands for Certified Canadian HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) Professional. Certified professionals can be relied on to ensure the food safety practices are the priority… Continue Reading

After a long but fantastic weekend at Farm Food Fork (www.farmfoodfork.ca) in Kaslo, I just want to take the time to post some links to resources and funding since it seems to be a common need. Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC: http://iafbc.ca Farm Business Advisory Program: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/growing-forward-2/business-knowledge-strategic-adaptation/farm-business-advisory-services The government’s fiscal… Continue Reading

Workshops

I am a Certified Canadian HACCP Professional (CCHP) and approved facilitator for the Food Processing Human Resources Council of Canada through which I offer industry-standardized certificate courses.  I love having the opportunity to conduct in-person workshops on topics that are relevant to the small-scale food processing industry and have worked… Continue Reading

Prepare Your Business For Success in 2016

Are you in the pre-planning stage of starting a food business, or have an established business whose growth you want to kick-start? Partners for Growth Advisory Services (www.partnersforgrowth.ca) and Foundtree Product Design (www.foundtree.ca) are pleased to present an Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop in the beautiful and pristine Kootenay Region of… Continue Reading

May Contain Traces of: Allergen Precautionary Statements and Allergen Management

Often, we see food products labeled with the statement, “May contain traces of…”. What does this mean, really? Let’s back up for a moment and talk about allergens. For people with food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances, avoiding specific foods and ingredients is an important health challenge. An allergic individual who… Continue Reading

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