Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Live Oak, FL
If you plan to develop a Food Safety Program for your fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field or greenhouse, this one-day workshop is for you! Most intermediate or large chain store buyers now require some level of food safety program from each farm before they buy. Even smaller operations selling directly to consumers may be advised to develop a manual for their farm. This issue has become an important component of doing everyday business on today’s farms and will be even more important in the future.
The University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service is offering a one-day workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals. When you complete this one day workshop, you will have built the main parts of your own food safety manual.
The classes will be done on a computer (one laptop provided per farm if needed) and will be limited to 20 farms, using a web-based food safety manual development program. Those farmers needing assistance on the computer can bring a computer savvy helper.
The class on August 20th will be held at the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center, just east of Live Oak, FL. The class will also be held in Tavares, FL on October 10th. The registration fee is $30.00 for the first person representing a farm (Primary Participant), and $15.00 for an additional attendee (Secondary Participant). The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for the day. This training is supported with funding from a Specialty Crops Block Grant through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Topics to be Discussed:
- General Information
- Site Selection
- Adjacent land Use
- Fertilizer Usage
- Water Usage
- Field Sanitation
- Reviews of Food Safety Plans
- Preparing for a Third Party Audit
Extension Agent Team Teachers:
Elena Toro, Extension Agent, Suwannee County
Dan Fenneman, Extension Agent, Madison County
Bob Hochmuth, Multi County Extension Agent, Suwannee Valley
Sean McCoy, Regional Specialized Agent, Suwannee Valley
When & Where
UF/IFAS Small Farms Academy
The goal of the Small Farms Academy is to train small farmers by providing unique, hands-on classes, workshops, and field days on specific topics in order to sustain existing small farms and increase the number of new small farms.