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Food safety

Minnesota school districts and farmers have the opportunity to help improve the health and education of Minnesota school children. These tools and resources will help ensure healthy and safe foods are available in cafeterias across the state.

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MISA Publications CatalogMinnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture — Three publications in this catalog are of especial interest:

  • Local Food Fact Sheet Series — The publications on this webpage include the Selling Minnesota series of six fact sheets, written for Minnesota farmers. It also links to four related fact sheets from Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
  • Pack Shed Rules: Harvest Crew Handbook — This manual will help you understand post-harvest handling concepts such as food safety and the 4 W’s: Workers, Waste, Water, and Wildlife.
  • Harvest-to-Sale Vegetable Handling — This presentation and the companion handouts were designed to help growers understand how to get produce from the field to the point of sale at the highest quality.

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On-Farm GAPs education programUniversity of Minnesota Extension — This program provides education, outreach, and technical support to fruit and vegetable growers through GAP workshops and mock audits. It also provides research, communication, and collaboration opportunities to help promote information-sharing regarding GAPs and farm safety.

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On-Farm Food Safety Information for Foodservice Personnel (PDF)Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota — The goal of this document is to provide a list of questions about on-farm food safety practices that foodservice personnel can use when talking with farmers from whom they are considering purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables. The questions are meant to be a guide so that foodservice staff can have an informed discussion with a farmer about the food safety practices that they use on their farm.

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Legal Issues Impacting Farm to School and School Garden Programs in Minnesota (PDF)Public Health Law Center at Mitchel Hamline School of Law — This legal synopsis provides an overview of the key legal issues involved in farm to school and school garden programs in Minnesota.

Related resources

New FarmersUnited States Department of Agriculture — An online portal that provides assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers. The portal includes links to training, financing, technical assistance, and other support services.

Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Selling, Post Harvest Handling, and Packing ProduceFamilyFarmed.org — This 316-page book is the definitive training source on selling into wholesale markets. It includes topics such as Cleaning, Drying, and Curing Produce; Traceability; Packing Shed Design; and Maintaining the Cold Chain. Single manuals are $70 + $10 shipping and handling.

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