Produce Safety Guide
A Small Farmer's Practical Guide to Food Safety and the accompanying online resource library created by National Young Farmers Coalition, National Farmers Union, and Jeni Lamb Rogers are not exhaustive instructions on how to legally comply with the Produce Safety Rule, but are meant to equip growers with the basics to improve food safety on their farm: training agendas, template standard operating procedures (SOPs), specific options for wildlife management, suggestions for how to set up a washing station, and much more.
The deep dive guide is a more comprehensive, legally-focused version of the original guide for growers who need to have an inspection or want more specifics on the Produce Safety Rule requirements.
Both guides are available for free online and printed copies will be available to farmers at various Young Farmer events but if an organization is interested in receiving printed guides they can be purchased on the National Young Farmers Coalition website.
Preventive Controls for Human Food Guide
FSMA on the Farm: Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule & Value-Added Products was developed by Brian Fink. It was developed because the Produce Safety Rule is not the only FSMA rule that applies to farms. For farms that produce and sell value-added products, the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule (PC Rule) is also important. Value-added products include pickled fruits and vegetables, sauces and spreads, jams and jellies, baked goods, canned fruits and vegetables, cut fruits and vegetables, and other food products farmers prepare from the foods they grow.
That is where this guide comes in. It is designed to help you figure out how the PC Rule applies to your farm’s value-added products and what you are expected to do about it. It was written to be a reference for you. It is best to use it to answer specific questions or to get additional information on a particular concept. You can use the “find” feature to locate specific keywords and click around to navigate to different sections.