Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

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ServSafe® is a nationally recognized program developed by the National Restaurant Association, that provides food safety training, exams, and educational materials to food service managers. Food service managers who are not certified by an accredited Food Safety Course should attend. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations state that “At least one employee with authority to direct and control food preparation and service shall be a food protection manager who has been certified by an accredited program.” Servsafe meets this requirement.

Participants must achieve a passing exam score of 75% or higher to receive a certificate, valid for 5 years. Class space is limited, therefore all registrations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Classes are most often held in Grand Junction, Montrose, and Delta throughout the year, however we occasionally will hold classes in Ridgway or Telluride. The course cost is $140 per participant which includes training, study materials, catered lunch, and certification exam. If you are interested in a ServSafe certification training, please contact our office at 970-249-3935. For more dates and locations please look at FCS Upcoming Classes/Programs!

Food Safety Works

Food Safety Works is a course for food service workers that covers the basic requirements for safe food handling. This course is in compliance with Montrose County Environmental Health. For a current Food Safety Works schedule or to schedule a private group training for your business, contact TRA Extension at 970-249-3935.

Cottage Food Producers

Put your entrepreneurial spirit & cooking, baking, and growing talents to work in a cottage food business.

The Colorado Legislature passed the Cottage Foods Bill that set food safety standards for small-scale, cottage food enterprises. This cottage food business training guides you through the standards of that bill to ensure the safe handling of your product for sell at farmers’ markets or holiday fairs. Receive a 3 year certification today! For more dates and locations please look at FCS Upcoming Classes/Programs!

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

Training times: 9am-Noon *$25 preregistration is required*

Cottage Food Producers Resources:

Cottage Foods Act Legislation

Master Food Safety Advisor

A well rounded, volunteer training program involving food preservation methods and home food safety. Volunteers who complete the course are certified to help assist the FCS Agent in training the community in food safety/preservation techniques and education.

For dates and locations of these and additional courses, please look at FCS Upcoming Classes/Programs!

COVID-19 Impact

The Mesa, Delta and Montrose/Ouray offices are currently closed due to precautionary measures related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). In-person Extension programming has been cancelled statewide through at least May 17th. We are still available to you, primarily by phone and email. See the Contact Us page to reach out to an Agent or click the link below for more information. Thank you.