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January 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm$50.00
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.
The Foodshed Alliance in partnership with Rutgers Cooperative Extension is organizing a Food Safety and Good Agricultural Practices Training in northern NJ. As we investigate the feasibility of establishing a food hub in New Jersey, which would aggregate and distribute local farm food to institutional buyers, we’ve heard from many farmers that this training would be useful in their endeavors to reach new customers.
Cost is $50 per person, and includes training, lunch and certificate upon completion of course. If you have any questions, please call 908-362-7967.
Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.
What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time to cover content contained in these seven modules:
- Introduction to Produce Safety
- Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
- Soil Amendments
- Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
- Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Post-harvest Water)
- Post-harvest Handling and Sanitation
- How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.
Benefits of Attending the Course
The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:
- Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
- How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
- Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
- Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to 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.
For more information, please Kendrya Close at firstname.lastname@example.org.