Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

Farm fieldNote: Grant funded; limited to Maine residents only.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with our partners Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and AgMatters LLC.

Taking this class grants 3 pesticide credits!

Note: These classes will be offered online using the Zoom platform due to the ongoing pandemic. When you register, you will receive more details, but you must have a computer capable of a videoconference (i.e., sound, webcam, and internet connectivity) to take part in these classes.

Technology requirements. Each Participant must have:
 
Personal computer; NO cell phone or tablets allowed as the way to connect to the class. Computer camera and sound on the entire class time.

If you are joining in the same physical room as someone else, you must use headphones with a dedicated microphone to minimize background noise and feedback.

If you are joining in the same physical room as someone else, you must use headphones to minimize background noise and feedback.

*Participant attendance and engagement will be monitored, and you will only be eligible for the PSA/AFDO Certificate of Course Completion if you are present for all modules of the course.

Online/Virtual, November 5 AND 6, 2020 (Two separate mornings back-to-back)
Nov 5, Thursday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Nov 6, Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Registration closes on October 25

REGISTER HERE
(No refunds since the cost is to cover mailing you a copy of the manual)

Online/Virtual, December 11 AND 18, 2020 (Two separate mornings on separate Fridays)
Dec 11, Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Dec 18, Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Registration closes on November 29

REGISTER HERE
(No refunds since the cost is to cover mailing you a copy of the manual)

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, farm food safety best practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of farm food safety best practices and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

For more information about the training, contact Robson Machado at robson.machado@maine.edu or 207.581.3144

For registration or accommodation, contact

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the appropriate regional host listed above to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.