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Hygienic Equipment Design for Vegetable Growers


Date: Thursday, April 6, 2023
Conference Time:
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Bell Farms, 1552 Riverside Drive, Auburn, ME 
Free, includes lunch (donations accepted)
2 pesticide applicator recertification credits

Registration closes Monday, April 3, 2023

Registration is required and limited to 24 participants.

This workshop is hosted by Chris Callahan, UVM Extension Associate Professor: Agricultural Engineering; the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF); the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; and Bell Farms.

We will be working with a green bean sorter, harvest totes and worktables, and possibly a potato wash/pack line. Bring a chair if you don’t want to sit on pallets. Bring a clipboard. Dress for packing house temperatures of around 55F.

10:00 – Sanitation issues for vegetable crops with Robson Machado, University of Maine
10:45 – Hygienic design evaluation and checklist, and introduction to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for produce safety with Chris Callahan, University of Vermont
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Small group hands-on evaluation of equipment utilizing the checklist and considering using an SOP with Chris Callahan, Robson Machado, and Lindsay Werner (DACF).
2:00 – Full group discussion
3:00 – Adjourn

If registering more than one person for the course, please register yourself, click Enroll, and then use the “Continue Shopping” option in your cart to add additional participants.


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Program Description

The workshop will showcase evaluation tools to help growers better direct their cleaning and sanitation efforts.

We will discuss concepts during the morning and have a hands-on activity in the afternoon. Chris Callahan, University of Vermont Extension, will share his expertise with farmers and provide tools to evaluate their current equipment from a hygienic design perspective.

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Theresa Tilton at or 207.942.7396 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.

Program Details

Date & Time

Thursday, April 6, 2023
10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Bell Farms, 1552 Riverside Drive, Auburn, ME

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Theresa Tilton, UMaine Extension Staff

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