Sacramento Region - Introductory Food Safety Workshop for Produce Growers
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Sacramento County Cooperative Extension

4145 Branch Center Road

Sacramento, CA 95827-3823

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Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed in Sacramento for a hands-on food safety workshop for produce growers!

The roll out of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations and the increased attention to food safety by produce buyers are changing the way produce growers address food safety on their farms. Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed for a one-day, hands-on workshop that will outline on-farm food safety requirements and get you on your way to creating an individualized food safety plan for your farm. This workshops is ideal for both organic and non-organic, small to midsized produce growers who market directly to consumers, restaurants, and local retail outlets.

How produce growers handle their product affects the post-harvest quality and safety of produce, as well as growers’ relationships with their buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective, and scale appropriate. Every farm is different, and buyers increasingly expect farmers to be proactive about the safety of the produce they sell.

Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed for an introductory, hands-on food safety workshop for produce growers. Guided by workshop instructor and organic farmer Atina Diffley, workshop participants will

  • develop food-safety action plans for their farms;
  • conduct classroom-based risk assessments;
  • develop record keeping/traceability systems that align with farm work, support decision-making, and maximize profitability, while also meeting food safety requirements;
  • understand how the new FSMA regulations impact their farming operations; and
  • address food safety topics specifically relevant to organic growers.

This workshops is ideal for organic and non-organic, small to midsized produce growers that sell directly to consumers, restaurants, or local retail outlets. Participants should bring maps of their farms to facilitate the development of their action plan.

This event is a co-production of the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed. Funds for this workshop are provided by the USDA.

About our Instructor

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer, activist, public speaker, and author of the 2012 award-winning memoir Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. From 1985 to 2008, she and her husband Martin ran the Gardens of Eagan, an urban-edge, organic vegetable farm, which he started in 1973 as one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. Diffley’s on-farm projects now include breeding sweet corn, mentoring beginning farmers, and transitioning non-organic land to organic.

Diffley’s areas of expertise include post-harvest handling, brand-name marketing, greenhouse management, and organic farming systems. She is a co-author author/editor and lead trainer for Wholesale Success: A Farmers Guide to Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce, and the editor and designer of Roger Blobaum’s Organic History Website. She presently serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance and Farm Commons.

About our Partners

FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing, and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.

The North Valley Food Hub serves as a centralized facilitator of local food markets in California’s North Valley, providing a one-stop shopping platform for wholesale buyers and access to a wholesale local food marketplace for growers.

Additional thanks to The Farmers’ Guild and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for their partnership on these workshops.

Funds for this workshop are provided by the USDA. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

To learn more about this event, contact the CCOF Foundation at ccoffoundation@ccof.org or (831) 423-2263.



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