Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a new program series for those wishing to expand their farm markets or those interested in growing food products for direct or wholesale sales. On farm Food Safety training for every size fruit and vegetable producer.
The program consists of three sequential workshops. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of each workshop.
Level 1 farmers who provide food direct to consumers through community–supported agriculture (CSA) or farmers’ markets or considering retail foodservice sales will be trained in good agriculture best practices and market considerations. Two on line components will be available. Workshop is 6 hours includes educational packet of materials and working lunch.
Level 2 farmers are those considering sales to retail foodservices, such as grocers, restaurants, hospitals, and other institutions, and those interested in adding value to fresh produce and selling products in a convenience form. Those completing this workshop will have the “bones” of their farm’s written food safety plan in place to demonstrate GAPs are in place and provide food safety assurances to buyers. Workshop is 6 hour workshop includes educational packet and working lunch.
Level 3 trained farmers will be GAP–audit ready and fully equipped to service large scale food distribution. A mock GAPs audit will be conducted. Workshop is a full day and includes an on farm mock inspection and technical assistance related to market plans.