The Local Food Safety Collaborative and National Farmers Union will be hosting a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training on Saturday, March 4 from 7:30am PST to 5:00pm PST. The training will be held the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego, hotel information can be found below. The course will be instructed by Donna Pahl of the Produce Safety Alliance and Harrison Topp from Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. The cost of registration is $40, and includes breakfast and lunch.
Online Registration is now closed, but there are still spaces available. If you are interested in attending please email Chelsea Matzen and pay onsite.
Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’
Benefits of Attending
The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:
- Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
- How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
- Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
- Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.
After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.
For those interested in further educational opportunities the National Farmers Union Foundation is offering training attendees the opportunity to attend the second day of NFUF's Women's Conference for only $10 more. If interested in attending please bring a payment method with you to the training on Saturday.
Agenda for Saturday, March 4th
7:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:00am Welcome and Introductions
8:30am Introduction to Produce Safety
9:30am Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
10:45am Soil Amendments
11:30am Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
1:00pm Agricultural Water – Part 1: Production Water
2:00pm Agricultural Water – Part 2: Postharvest Water
3:00pm Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
4:00pm How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan