Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Workshop

The National Young Farmers Coalition and the Chi+Illinois Young Farmers, in partnership with the National Farmers Union (NFU), University of Illinois Extension, Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), and Windy City Harvest, are offering a FSMA Produce Safety Workshop for fruit and vegetable growers on Friday, March 29, 2019 from 7:30 am-5:00 pm at the Farm on Ogden: 3555 Ogden Ave, Chicago. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the workshop begins promptly at 8 am. 

Cost is $35/participant.

The National Young Farmers Coalition, in partnership with the National Farmers Union, are proud to offer workshops across the country to help familiarize young and sustainable farmers with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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! This workshop alone is valued at $135. The National Young Farmers Coalition is happy to be able to subsidize this workshop.

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 course, 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.

This training will be taught by Zachary Grant of the University of IL Extension, Billy Mitchell from the National Farmers Union, Darrell McGuire of the Deep South Food Alliance, and Maggie Kaiser from the National Young Farmers Coalition. All trainers have experience working with small-scale produce farms.

Light breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments provided. 

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