The National Young Farmers Coalition, the National Farmers Union, and Cornell Cooperative Extension are offering a two-day food safety course. Tuesday will be a PSA Grower Training to help familiarize young and sustainable farmers with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Wednesday will guide you through the steps of writing a farm food safety plan.
Who should attend:
Fruit and vegetable growers! By law, all non-exempt farms will be required to have at least one owner or managerial staff member on site who has attended an approved FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) training such as this one. Even exempt farms will be required to keep certain records, which will be covered in this workshop. And, regardless of your scale, everyone can benefit from learning about food safety practices on the farm!
What will happen:
Tuesday: Powerpoints! Growers will learn from trainers with produce growing experience about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and exemptions, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. We try to keep it fun and there will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
After attending the entire day on Tuesday, participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.
Registration starts at 7:30 am, workshop starts promptly at 8 am.
Light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and refreshments provided.
Wednesday: This day will help you start writing a farm food safety plan, which is required for a GAPs audit. We’ll also help you answer answer common questions (like “What types of gloves fit under my glove use policy?” or “What is a scientifically validated process for making compost?”), talk about best practices, and share common pitfalls that other growers have faced.
To help maximize your time, there will be a little homework for this day, set out a week or two ahead of time.
A light breakfast and plenty of coffee will be provided. Each participant will also get a Google Drive link to farm food safety plans and a few extra handy food safety resources.
- Cara Fraver from the National Young Farmers Coalition
- Yolanda Gomez from Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Billy Mitchell from National Farmers Union