To ensure a safer food supply, the federal government passed and is enacting the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Act shifts the focus from responding to food-borne illness to preventing it. Growers of fresh fruits and vegetables are especially at risk for growing, handling and selling products that may contain pathogens. The Iowa Farmers Union is sponsoring field days to help growers with their compliance efforts. IFU is working in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Each session includes plenty of hands-on experiences and supper will be provided.
- Produce safety
- Worker hygiene training
- Soil amendments and land use
- Agricultural water
- Managing wildlife and domesticated animals
- On-farm walk-in coolers
- Irrigation in raised beds
- Harvesting, post-harvest handling and sanitation
Grow: Johnson County is a hunger-relief and educational farm initiative focused on reducing food insecurity and empowering a new wave of local growers. They grow organic fruits and vegetables that are donated to local hunger-relief agencies and provide hands-on gardening and farming experience for community members of all ages and backgrounds.
RSVPs requested by Thursday, Sept 13th.
Contact Ron Tigner by emailing [email protected] or calling 515-357-0503. Please let us know if you need any special accommodations.