Plan farm food safety at Learning Farm in Canton Saturday
Friday, March 16, 2012 - 11:31 am

CANTON -- A one-day class on writing a farm food safety plan runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the at the Cooperative Extension Learning Farm classroom on State Rt. 68 in Canton.

CCE and North Country Grown Cooperative present the workshop, a first step in implementing good agricultural practices (GAPs) on the farm.

Food-borne illness is becoming increasingly common and outbreaks more deadly. New strains of food-borne pathogens are appearing.

It is not possible to eliminate all risk of contamination of fruits and vegetables, but it is possible to reduce that risk through GAPs. Insurance companies, wholesale buyers, consumers, the USDA and the FDA are pushing for adoption of GAPs on farms and in packing facilities.

The workshop will cover the basics of farm food safety and also get farmers well on their way to a written plan. The $10 registration fee covers a farm food safety book, a USB drive with templates, and other resources, as well as lunch.

Participants must bring maps of their farms (can be hand-drawn), a diagram of their packing sheds, and a laptop computer if they own or can borrow one; otherwise, bring a fresh notebook.

Pre-registration is required. Call CCE at 379-9192 or email ph59@cornell.edu.