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Food safety on the farm - Rochester

Thursday, October 31

Learn how Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) can improve the quality and safety of your produce and help you access new markets. There will be an optional networking time from 12:30-1:30 p.m. over lunch. This introductory training is designed for small to medium-sized fruit and vegetable growers, but any farmer or gardener is welcome to attend.

Topics include:

  • Best practices to improve safety in growing, harvesting, washing and handling of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • What is a GAP audit? What is FSMA? How do they apply to me?
  • Animals, safe compost/manure use, water testing, safely washing vegetables, low-cost hand washing stands.
  • Creating written procedures to improve safety and efficiency on your farm, what to include in a Food Safety Plan, and how to meet requirements for a GAP audit if you choose to get one.
  • Donation garden walk-and-talk: We’ll spend time outside, exploring how to implement the safe harvest and washing practices learned in class.

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Event information

Thursday, October 31
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
History Center of Olmsted County
1195 W Circle Drive SW
Rochester, MN 55902
United States

Anne Sawyer, University of Minnesota Extension on-farm food safety educator
sawye177@umn.edu or 651-480-7704


$15, includes light morning refreshments and lunch. A limited number of scholarships are available. 


Space is limited, please pre-register before October 25. 

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