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MOFGA's Food Safety Workshop

  • MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center Unity, Maine (map)

Produce Farmers Are Food Handlers! Let’s Do It Profitably

January 31 - February 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Family Farmed and MOFGA partner to offer a two-day workshop with Atina Diffley at the MOFGA Education Center, Unity, Maine. This training was made possible by USDA Risk Management Education funds.


How we handle our product affects the post harvest quality and safety of our food, and our relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective, and scale appropriate.

This two-day food safety workshop is hands-on and designed for active learning. We will do risk assessments in the classroom to identify potential hazards, analyze how they move on our farms, and determine if we need to take action or not. We will discuss all the areas of food safety on the farm and ways to implement cost-effective strategies in line with the work as well as discuss record keeping systems that support decision-making, and maximize profitability while also meeting food safety requirements.

Class participants receive a free 3-ring binder food safety plan template and a copy of "Direct Market Success."

Bring a couple of copies of your farm maps for use in class. Line drawings, Google maps, or computerized drawings all work. They don’t need to be fancy. Add basic features such as fields, high tunnels and greenhouses, buildings, bathroom facilities, wells, ponds and other water sources.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop may satisfy staff training requirements as described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in §§ 112.21(a) and (b). As there is not yet an equivalency evaluation process, the workshop does not currently satisfy supervisor training described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule 21 CFR Subpart C § 112.22(c).

See the full MOFGA 2019 food safety track

Earlier Event: January 28
Farming for Wholesale 101 - Saco
Later Event: February 2
Farming for Wholesale 101 - Bangor