Small Food Business

This page is designed for people who are interested in starting a small, or cottage, food business. We offer services ranging from a class on starting a specialty food business to product testing and a DEC-permitted production kitchen. We also work closely with the Farm-to-School program.

Some of the agencies with whom we partner closely in offering these services include:
Certified Food Protection Manager Training
Extension regularly offers training for certified food protection managers. The Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) Training is required by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Food Safety and Sanitation (FSS) Program. For more information on the regulatory requirements, visit its website at CFPM-State of Alaska DEC
In order to receive your CFPM, you are only required to pass the exam. Taking the training course is optional. If you have previously taken the course and passed the exam, you may wish to only schedule an exam. The UAF Cooperative Extension Service is working to create a network of exam proctors throughout Alaska.
Want this class offered in your community or need to schedule an exam? Contact Julie Cascio or call 907-745-3677.

Test Kitchen

The Extension State Office in Fairbanks has a DEC-certified test kitchen that can be rented.

Fees: $20 per hour.

Location: The test kitchen is located upstairs in the Cooperative Extension Service state office building on UAF campus at 1751 Tanana Loop. Please click here for directions. There is no elevator in the building; clients should be prepared to haul items up one flight of stairs after entering the building from the parking lot. There is no loading zone at the street level entrance, but clients on foot can enter through the street-facing doors instead.

Parking information: There is one visitor spot that can be used for short term loading and unloading only. The rest of the lot is reserved 7 a.m.–5 p.m. for Gold Decal parking only. Visitors should travel to the Taku lot down the hill and purchase a permit from the kiosk next to the shuttle station.

About the Kitchen: The Cooperative Extension Service developed its test kitchen in 2004 with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Department of Environmental Conservation-permitted facility is located in Extension’s statewide building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

Our test kitchen is open to the public for use for events, catering or small food production. This allows producers access to a permitted kitchen while they get their businesses off the ground.

List of Rules

To schedule a time to view the kitchen, please email:

Recall Alerts

For information regarding current food recalls affecting the State of Alaska: Division of Environmental Health Food Safety and Sanitation Program

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