Produce Safety Plan Development Workshop

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Produce Safety Plan Development Workshop

Create a produce safety plan to ensure quality products and help protect your farm from liability

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Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center 252 Poplar Grove Road Boone, NC 28607

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  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Thinking about developing a Food Safety Plan but not sure where to start, or what practices to use? Participants will learn best about food safety best practices and how to implement a food safety plan. Farmers will leave this session with an outline of a custom food safety plan that can be used as a tool to protect their farm from liability, a checklist to streamline on-farm cleaning operations, and as an employee training tool. Lunch will be provided!

Space is limited, so don't forget to register!


Sara Runkel- Local Produce Safety Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Sara received her BA in environmental studies with a focus on environmental analysis from Warren Wilson College and her MS in sustainable systems from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Sara conducts training and outreach for CFSA’s Local Produce Safety Initiative and provides technical assistance to growers on food safety and GAP Audits. Prior to working with CFSA, Sara worked as an extension agent for NC Cooperative Extension and as an assistant professor of practice in horticulture with Oregon State University Extension. She also managed a new farmer training program and business incubator in Pennsylvania and has over 15 years of diversified farming experience in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and North Carolina. Sara is a lead trainer with the Produce Safety Alliance and has worked with growers on produce safety issues since 2010, and serves on the board of directors for the TRACTOR Food Hub in Burnsville, NC.

Richard Boylan- Small Farm Management Area Agent, NC Cooperative Extension Agent

Since 2001, Richard Boylan has worked as an Area Extension Agent with growers in the area of the New River Headwaters (primarily Ashe and Watauga Counties) to grow opportunities for diversified and sustainable agriculture. Highlights and successes have included one-on-one work with local farmers to begin organic vegetable production, pastured livestock marketing, low-input fruit production, mushrooms, medicinal-herbs, and other innovative crops and marketing strategies. Richard holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Antioch College and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Elena Toro Rodgers- Area Specialized Agent, Food Safety & Fresh Produce, NC Cooperative Extension

Cost: FREE for producers currently selling through BRWIA market channels

$15 - $35 (sliding scale) donation recommended for all others