Free farm food safety workshop scheduled

BISMARCK, N.D. – A free workshop on farm food safety will be held on Saturday, Mar. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 2576 8th St SW, Washburn.

“This session is an opportunity for specialty crop producers to learn more about good agricultural practices for growing and harvesting food on the farm,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “This workshop will help producers create a farm food safety plan, which is often needed to sell to restaurants, school and other institutions.”

Topics to be covered include:

  • Why food safety on the farm is important
  • Identifying food safety risks
  • Good agricultural practices (GAPs) in the following areas: personal and worker hygiene, water, soil, animals, post production and harvest practices
  • Common mistakes growers make and how to prevent them
  • Tips for keeping records to assist in monitoring your efforts
  • Regulations – which ones you need to know

To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Jamie Good, local foods specialist, at 701-328-2659 or jgood@nd.gov. Please RSVP by Friday, Mar. 16.

The workshop is funded through a specialty crop grant from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).