Food safety on Bio-diversified Small Size Farms and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Mon, March 7
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Redwood

Food safety on Bio-diversified Small Size Farms and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

This workshop will cover on-farm food safety best practices that are specific to the unique conditions and needs of small size farms including operations that integrate livestock and fresh produce production systems. Good agricultural practices (GAPs) for bio-diversified and small farms will be presented that farms need to comply with the final Produce Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Specifically, examples and scale-size appropriate food safety metrics and GAPs for food safety risk reduction for small farms producing fresh produce and animal products will be presented. Available tools and resources will be presented to help small farmers to implement practices required by the Produce Rule. Farmers will discuss on-farm implementation of these specific GAPs that promote growing safe, healthy, and nutritious crops on his/her bio-diverse farm.

Moderated by: Michelle Jay-Russell, Research Microbiologist and Manager, Western Center for Food Safety (WCFS)