With funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Local Food Safety Collaborative (LFSC) project aims to assist local producers and processors with produce safety implementation by conducting outreach, providing educational resources, and holding trainings/workshops for produce farmers and processors across the country. Two of the resources LFSC collaborated on to achieve these goals were the Needs Assessment Reports and the Grower Liaison Model Report. You can read more about each project below and access the full version of the reports.
Needs Assessment Reports
The two-tier Needs Assessment was a multi-year collaboration between National Farmers Union and Cornell University designed to better understand the needs of local produce farmers and processors on food safety implementation. Together they developed and distributed a survey to local, small-scale processors and produce farmers. Using the results of the survey, a series of listening sessions were organized to verify and further clarify this audience's needs. The listening sessions were held in-person and provided an opportunity to report on their food safety knowledge, challenges to implementation, and needs for additional resources.
Grower Liaison Model Report
In collaboration with The United Christian Community Association, LFSC created the Grower Liaison Model (GLM) Report. The purpose of the GLM was to assist limited resource and socially disadvantaged fruit and vegetable farmers in Alabama & Mississippi with their understanding of the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations and food safety best practices. The GLM sought to stimulate long-term behavior change to improve food safety practices among limited resource and socially disadvantaged farmers. The GLM involved the strategic use of farm demonstration sites to provide a place where stakeholders can visit a familiar, convenient location to view best food safety practices and experience hands-on food safety instruction from trusted community leaders/partners.