September was a good month for local homesteaders.
Santa Rosa City Council unanimously ok’d backyard chickens for local urbanites!
I’m already contemplating what my future chicken coop will look like; imagining my chickens happy little spot in the backyard. Decisions, decisions. Eeeee, so excited.
And on a grander scale, Governor Brown signed the California Cottage Food Law Bill AB 1616, which goes into effect in January 2013. California now joins 30 other states with similar cottage food laws. And when you think of the bounty to be had in California, it’s amazing we didn’t already have this.
This is a big step in supporting local food systems and a much-needed kick-start for small-scale food enterprises. Homesteader entrepreneurs can now operate out of their home kitchen to create a list of foods deemed “non-potentially hazardous foods,” which are foods that are unlikely to grow harmful bacteria or other toxic micro-organisms at room temperature. Foods that fall on that list include:
- Baked good without cream, custard, or meat fillings, such as breads, biscuits, churros, cookies, pastries and tortillas
- Candy, like brittle and toffee
- Chocolate-covered non-perishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruit
- Dried fruit
- Dried pasta
- Dry baking mixes
- Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales
- Granola, cereals, and trail mixes
- Herb blends and dried mole paste
- Honey and sweet sorghum syrup
- Jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butter
- Nut mixes and nut butters
- Vinegar and mustard
- Roasted coffee and dried tea
- Waffle cones and pizelles
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Oh the possibilities!