Practical Produce Safety – April 11, 2013 – Vergennes/Monkton

Hans Estrin gets the class oriented for the day.

Hans Estrin gets the class oriented for the day.

Had a great time talking about all the ways we can get sick from produce related pathogens yesterday.  The good news is that the bulk of the workshop was focused on ways to mitigate the risks.

The Practical Produce Safety workshop series coordinated by Ginger Nickerson (UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture) and Hans Estrin (UVM Extension Community Food Network) is an informative and pragmatic way to get up to speed on produce safety measures in field practices, harvest, rinsing, packing and storage. This session was co-sponsored by Annie Harlow with ACORN.

I was glad to contribute a little bit on the latter topic; storage.  Slides from my presentation are available here.

Thanks also to Rachel Shattman of Bella Farm for hosting a charrette walkthrough of her wash/pack and storage facilities.  That provided a very real component to the course (and the Apple Crisp was excellent as well!)

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