Food Handling Safety Workshop for Farmers

  • Farm Table Foundation, 110 Keller Ave. North, Amery, WI 54001
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  • RSVP to Mike, programdirector@farmtablefoundation.org, 715-268-3483

How we handle our product affects the post-harvest quality and safety of our food, and our relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into post-harvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective and scale-appropriate.

This food safety training is designed to help you develop and implement cost-effective, scale-appropriate food safety systems for your farm. It is hands-on and designed for active learning. We will do risk assessments in the classroom to identify potential hazards, analyze how they move on our farms, and determine if we need to take action or not. We will discuss all the areas of food safety on the farm and ways to implement cost-effective strategies in line with the work as well as discuss record keeping systems that support decision making and maximize profitability while also meeting food safety requirements. Class participants receive a free three-ring binder food safety plan template and a copy of Direct Market Success.

Bring a couple of copies of your farm maps for use in class. Line drawings, google maps, or computerized drawings all work. They don’t need to be fancy. Add basic features such as fields, high tunnels and greenhouses, buildings, bathroom facilities, wells, ponds and other water sources.

[This training course may satisfy staff training requirements as described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in §§ 112.21(a) and (b). As there is not yet an equivalency evaluation process, it does not currently satisfy supervisor training described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule 21 CFR Subpart C § 112.22(c).]

Trainer Atina Diffley is an organic produce farmer and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn, a memoir based on Atina’s life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. She is a nationally acclaimed farmer-educator who has worked with more than 14,000 farmers in 43 states as FamilyFarmed's lead trainer.

This workshop is being sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project, the Farm Table Foundation and MOSES. It is offered with the support of FamilyFarmed and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

This workshop is free, but registration is required. To register, click here or contact Mike via e-mail or at 715-268-3483.