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About Us

Forrager is a space where home cooks, bakers, and decorators can learn and share with each other

This website is solely focused on the cottage food industry, which is a term used to describe home food businesses. Since the cottage food industry was created via a collection of state laws, there is no official government organization to help organize or improve it. Forrager seeks to organize and improve the resources available for this growing group of small, independent cooks.

Forrager (formerly cottagefoods.org) started as a way to help educate home cooks about how they can legally start a food business from home. It has now grown into an online community, where people can ask questions and find answers about their businesses and laws. Cottage food operations can also add their CFO to a growing online directory so that everyone can find these great businesses more easily!

Who I Am

Hi, I’m David Crabill, and back in 2012, I started this website with my friend Cameron Dutro. Our ties to food entrepreneurship go back to college, where we ran “Buck Breakfast”, a breakfast fundraiser for our dorm every Saturday morning. We started Forrager while rooming together in the Bay Area, and we initially wanted to help people sell their homemade food online.

As Forrager has evolved, so have our roles in the project. Now that Cameron is a full-time software engineer at Lumos Labs, I spearhead most of the development and maintenance around here. I work as an independent web developer from home, but you’ll often find me in the kitchen (probably trying to perfect yet another recipe), traveling with my wife (Tara), or exercising our yellow lab (Mooney).