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.

Add-On Options

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.

NFU also encourages attendees to consider staying for our annual convention, for more information click here.

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

12:15pm  Lunch

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

5:00pm   Adjourn

Hotel Information

Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa • San Diego, California

Room Rate: $179+tax (available 2/27-3/11)

Catamaran Resort and Spa San Diego

Thank you to National Farmers Union for assisting in hosting this training with the Local Food Safety Collaborative.