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post #1 of 18
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I am on a war path to get a Cottage Food Law in Colorado.
Step one:
I created a facebookpage for this movement and ask that you join and help me get the word out. The following link is long but until I get 25 fans I cannot change it: http://www.facebook.com/homebasedbakers/posts/123999007674829?ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment_reply#!/pages/Colorado-Cottage-Law-Movement/107542739330187
Step two:
I will be contacting my lawyer to see what I can do and who I need to contact in the State legislation.
Step three:
Don't know what that will be but I will keep you all informed! I am going to get this done if it kills me! icon_twisted.gif
post #2 of 18
You probably already know about this but just in case, there's some really good info:

http://homebasedbaking.com/uncategorized/starting-a-cottage-food-law-movement

I'm off to become a fan of your Facebook page icon_smile.gif. I'll be watching your progress here and on fb. Please PM me or email me if I can help in any way.
post #3 of 18
So excited about this! I just moved here not too long ago and it's crazy you can't bake from home. You can sell tacos from a truck, meat from that back of your car, and even sell marijuana. But I can't bake a cake? Yes, I know they all have a license, but why don't I have the same rights? Makes me upset when I think about it! If you need any help please let me know! Also, I just liked your FB page and so did my hubby.
I'm feeling yummy head to toe!
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I'm feeling yummy head to toe!
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post #4 of 18
You've got my support! Even though I am in Wyoming now, Colorado is home. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help! I have already added myself to your facebook page!

Barb Schell
post #5 of 18
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Thank you all for your support in getting this moving! I just started a petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/cocttglw/petition.html
Please sing it and forward it to everyone you know!
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by Frecklysmom

You've got my support! Even though I am in Wyoming now, Colorado is home. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help! I have already added myself to your facebook page!

Barb Schell




Hello Barb. I stumbled on to Cake Central a couple of days ago and am completely hooked! I had a cake decorating business in another state, but want to continue on in my newly adopted state of Wyoming. I have Googled food regulations here and have not come up with anything. Saw your post and thought you could let me know what, if any, regulations and challenges Wyoming cake bakers and decorators might face. Thanks in advance!!
Throughout my life I've often had to remind myself that the strongest steel is formed in the hottest fire. At my age, I am a force with which to be reckoned!
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Throughout my life I've often had to remind myself that the strongest steel is formed in the hottest fire. At my age, I am a force with which to be reckoned!
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post #7 of 18
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Hello Barb. I stumbled on to Cake Central a couple of days ago and am completely hooked! I had a cake decorating business in another state, but want to continue on in my newly adopted state of Wyoming. I have Googled food regulations here and have not come up with anything. Saw your post and thought you could let me know what, if any, regulations and challenges Wyoming cake bakers and decorators might face. Thanks in advance!![/quote]

You will be happy to know that Wyoming has a cottage food law and you are free to bake and sell from you home and at farmers markets!! Thought about moving there just for that reason!!

Go to this link on facebook to learn more: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=139463371933
post #8 of 18
Thank you for the fast reply and the Facebook link! I can't tell you how thrilled I am to learn that we don't have to worry about the Food Police here in Wyoming! thumbs_up.gif
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Throughout my life I've often had to remind myself that the strongest steel is formed in the hottest fire. At my age, I am a force with which to be reckoned!
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post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
The Local Foods to Local Markets Act passed the Senate and it is now off the the House. We should know by the end of next week if it passes and if is does the law will go into affect around August 1st. Although my feelings on this Law are that it is unfair, I do support it because I think it is a foot in the door. And after talking to Senator Gail Schwartz about my concerns, she assured me that provisions will be made to the bill next year allowing everyone to bake from home. The original draft of the bill did allow this however it faced too much opposition. This was the only way, after countless hours of negotiations, that everyone would agree on the bill. Everyone being the Governor, the State Board of Heath, and countless Senators. And so it is what it is and I feel we need to support it if we ever want a chance to use our homes for food production and selling. We have been urged to contact our local reps and voice our support of this bill. If you need the contact info just let me know.
post #10 of 18
I missed this when it was first posted icon_sad.gif I suppose it's too late to sign the petition? Going to become a fan of your facebook now. Would love to see this happen.
post #11 of 18
Thanks for the update, Mande. And thank you for all your work on this!

While this bill doesn't help me at all, I guess it's a step in the right direction. I agree with you that it's unfair. Why can a farmer make and sell goods from their home kitchens with products that they've grown and we can't with store bought? And am I correct in understanding that they can do anything? Jams and preserves, for instance, have a much higher margin for improper handling than baked goods. I'll be modifying my letter to my legislators to reflect support for this while still advocating for a law that would allow home-based baking.
post #12 of 18
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Thank you Elcee and I strongly urge you to voice your opinion on this but hurry! It will be going to the House for a vote tomorrow at the earliest. In fact the whole thing is making me mad! I have been against the fact that this bill is not open for every one and have been voicing that since the beginning. Well, Senator Schwartz did not like that because if people got on my side of things then her bill might not pass. So she called me, her aid did, Tuesday and wanted me to swing things to show the bill in a more positive way. Her explanations was that this bill is a baby step and that's what we need to take to get our foot in the door with the whole cottage food thing. And that next year we can work on getting some amendment to the bill that would remove the "registered growers" part and raise the net limit of $5,000. But the more I read about other states cottage food laws and the more I think about this local food law the madder I get! I don't know if I can believe a politician especially since the only one the has contacted me, after numerous emails and phone calls, is the one who wrote the stupid bill and she wants me to talked nice about it! I am tiered of all of this and am seriously think of moving out of this stupid state. If you ask me the person that thought of this bill is someone that grows medicinal marajana and they want to be able to make pot brownies and sell them! LOL!
I will be writing every single Legislator today and hopefully someone will listen! I am going to play up the "Violation of Equal Rights" that I feel this bill has! After consulting with my lawyer he let me know that it is NOT too late for the bill to have amendments. If it gets voted down in the house then it will go back to comity and they will hash out an amended bill to be re-voted on in both the Senate and House. I would strongly advise everyone to wright your reps and if you want a copy of my email just send me a message to coloradocottagelaw@yahoo.com.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by AvaSweetCakes

Thank you Elcee and I strongly urge you to voice your opinion on this but hurry! It will be going to the House for a vote tomorrow at the earliest. In fact the whole thing is making me mad! I have been against the fact that this bill is not open for every one and have been voicing that since the beginning. Well, Senator Schwartz did not like that because if people got on my side of things then her bill might not pass. So she called me, her aid did, Tuesday and wanted me to swing things to show the bill in a more positive way. Her explanations was that this bill is a baby step and that's what we need to take to get our foot in the door with the whole cottage food thing. And that next year we can work on getting some amendment to the bill that would remove the "registered growers" part and raise the net limit of $5,000. But the more I read about other states cottage food laws and the more I think about this local food law the madder I get! I don't know if I can believe a politician especially since the only one the has contacted me, after numerous emails and phone calls, is the one who wrote the stupid bill and she wants me to talked nice about it! I am tiered of all of this and am seriously think of moving out of this stupid state. If you ask me the person that thought of this bill is someone that grows medicinal marajana and they want to be able to make pot brownies and sell them! LOL!
I will be writing every single Legislator today and hopefully someone will listen! I am going to play up the "Violation of Equal Rights" that I feel this bill has! After consulting with my lawyer he let me know that it is NOT too late for the bill to have amendments. If it gets voted down in the house then it will go back to comity and they will hash out an amended bill to be re-voted on in both the Senate and House. I would strongly advise everyone to wright your reps and if you want a copy of my email just send me a message to coloradocottagelaw@yahoo.com.



Just emailed you. Thanks!
post #14 of 18
I need to say something re: the FB page. It isn't "Cottage Law". It isn't a special law for cottages. It's "Cottage Food Law". You really should change that, and on your logo too.
post #15 of 18
What is the current status of the movement?
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