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Cottage Food Program

In 2013, the California State Legislature passed the "California Homemade Food Act," which permits residents in the state to produce low-risk, nonperishable foods in their home kitchens and sell their products to the general public. These are known as "Cottage Food Operations" or CFOs.

Recipes For Success provides free classes and webinars for Stanislaus County residents covering regulations and guidelines; permitting requirements; and the basics of managing and promoting a small business. Follow-up assistance will be provided to help program participants navigate the permitting process and access local resources for small businesses. Due to COVID-19, the classes are currently only being offered as a 2-part webinar.

In order to register and access the webinars and recordings, you must be at least 18 years old. If you are not a resident of Stanislaus County, you can still register and access the webinars. However, please note that the webinars are specifically focused on starting a cottage food business in Stanislaus County. Furthermore, participants outside of Stanislaus County will not receive follow up assistance and will instead be directed to where they can get business assistance in their own community. 


There is not currently a webinar scheduled for the Cottage Food Program. However, you can still access the free recording of our previous webinar until June 30, 2021 by filling out the below registration form and emailing it to Gavin Bruce at



To find out more about the regulations, licenses, and requirements for starting a cottage food business in Stanislaus County, click on the button below.