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Education Opportunity - Winter Series of Food Safety trainings

Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, food safety

Do you grow fresh produce for sale or donation? If so, join U of MN Extension and farmer presenters this winter for a series of short, focused, virtual sessions to learn practical steps for keeping your produce safe, your customers healthy, and your business flourishing (and growing!)

When: Third Thursday of each month November 2020 – March 2021

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Cost: Free (thanks to funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program)

Register and more info here:

One attendee at each session entered to win a kit with handwashing stand materials for their farm!

These virtual trainings are designed for small- to medium-sized fruit and vegetable growers, but any farmer or gardener is welcome to attend. Each session will be led by Extension educators and experienced farmers, with time for conversation and questions. Topics include:


  • Monitoring water used on the farm: testing, irrigation, wash water sanitizers
    Farmer trainer: Laura Frerichs, Loon Organics
  • Animals and food safety: wild and domestic critters and managing them
    Farmer trainer: Noreen Thomas, Doubting Thomas Farms
  • Designing washing lines and packsheds for efficiency and sanitation
    Farmer trainer: Joan Olson, Prairie Drifter Farm
  • Manure and soil amendments: feed the soil and keep food safe  
    Farmer trainer: Jane Jewett, Willow Sedge Farm
  • GAP audits, FSMA inspections, recordkeeping and food safety plans
    Farmer trainer: Rodrigo Cala, Cala Farm

Although we will discuss the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and help you understand how it applies to you, please note that this is not a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training and sessions are not focused on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. 

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