CCOF Foundation Hosts Food Safety Workshops for Produce Growers at Three California Locations

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On Monday, produce growers from across Northern California gathered in Sacramento for a workshop on on-farm food safety.

Taught by Atina Diffley—organic farmer and author of the book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works—workshop participants put together action plans to address food safety on their individual operations. In building their plans, growers considered market needs, as well as the new federal food safety regulations.

Particularly relevant to organic farmers, participants used maps of their farms to conduct field and land use risk assessments so they can balance on-farm natural resource conservation and food safety goals. Other topics addressed during the workshop included worker training, water testing, and post-harvest sanitation practices.

In collaboration with FamilyFarmed, the CCOF Foundation will hold similar food safety workshops in San Diego and Chico, California over the next few weeks. Growers interested in attending the March 9 workshop in Chico can register for the event online. Those looking to attend the March 3 workshop in San Diego should contact the CCOF Foundation at to reserve their spot.

Funding for these food safety workshops was provided by the USDA. USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.