Completed Project Report


Training family farmers to reduce food safety risks in post-harvest handling

  • Award Amount: $49,653
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2016 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Dave Runsten
  • Email: dave@caff.org
  • Organization: Community Alliance with Family Farmers

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Project Overview

CAFF conducted a series of workshops and provided one-on-one assistance to small and mid-sized family farmers throughout Northern California on food safety liability, focusing on post-harvest handling and issues associated with washing of produce. We utilized materials and examples developed at UC Davis by Dr. Trevor Suslow and his colleagues. We targeted farms engaged in direct marketing and those run by beginning farmers where post-harvest handling is often poorly understood and managed. We organized and participated in four workshops with 48 producers, and assisted a subset with food safety plans and washing facilities. This project helped reduce the risk of producers sickening their customers, reduced the legal liability and insurance costs to the farmers associated with food safety outbreaks, and reduced the risk to the farms of losing wholesale customers or being excluded from markets requiring food safety GAPs.

Number of Participants: 54

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