Food Safety is Good Business

Best Practices for Specialty Crop FarmersAtina bio photo

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 4, 2016 at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake

Prepare your farm business for success with the guidance of one of the region’s foremost experts. Organic farmer, author, and consultant Atina Diffley leads this all-day workshop that helps farmers tackle issues of food safety, sorting and packing, marketing, and post-harvest handling.

Learn about food safety best practices, post-harvest handling, maintaining the cold chain, cleaning and drying, packing and grading, working with wholesale buyers, and more. Participating farmers will receive a free copy of the Wholesale Success manual. Normally a $70 value. this 316 page manual is newly updated and in its fourth printing. Wholesale Success covers up-to-date best practices information on food safety, postharvest handling, packing, business management, marketing, and crop-specific profiles for over 100 crops.

The Food Safety is Good Business workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 4, 2016 at the Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. The registration fee is $30 per person, and $15 per person for additional people from the same family or farm. This workshop fee includes lunch. Click here for additional information and online registration.

How produce is handled affects the postharvest quality and safety of our food and farmers relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective and scale appropriate. Every farm is different and buyers in all markets increasingly are expecting farmers to be proactive about the safety of the produce they sell.

The Food Safety is Good Business training workshop is hands-on and designed for active learning. We will do risk assessments in the classroom and develop action plans that are compliant with the Produce Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. We will also develop recordkeeping/traceability systems that align with the farm work, support decision-making and maximize profitability while also meeting food safety requirements.

Atina Diffley wrote the 2012 award winning memoir, Turn Here Sweetcorn, Organic Farming Works, a memoir based on her life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. She draws on her decades of experience in vegetable production and marketing to provide operators of produce farms of any size with useful, practical, profit-making guidance on how to achieve the highest quality produce for sale.

What Farmers Are Saying:

  • “Tremendous resource! Wholesale Success book is a gem.”
  • “Easily one of the best presentations I have heard on anything anywhere!”
  • “Wonderful! Lots of very useful, actionable information that will help me grow my farm business.”
  • “Atina Diffley did an excellent job! Good presentation from someone who has actually been a grower.”

Click here for online registration.