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Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses and other venues throughout the state. See our Calendar for events hosted by other organizations.

Food Safety Workshop

Produce Farmers Are Food Handlers! Let’s Do It Profitably

January 31 - February 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Family Farmed and MOFGA partner to offer a two-day workshop with Atina Diffley at the MOFGA Education Center, Unity, Maine. This training was made possible by USDA Risk Management Education funds.


How we handle our product affects the post harvest quality and safety of our food, and our relationships with buyers. Integrating food safety systems into postharvest practices and market relationships supports the development of farm systems that are viable, cost-effective, and scale appropriate.

This two-day food safety workshop is hands-on and designed for active learning. We will do risk assessments in the classroom to identify potential hazards, analyze how they move on our farms, and determine if we need to take action or not. We will discuss all the areas of food safety on the farm and ways to implement cost-effective strategies in line with the work as well as discuss record keeping systems that support decision-making, and maximize profitability while also meeting food safety requirements.

Class participants receive a free 3-ring binder food safety plan template and a copy of "Direct Market Success."

Bring a couple of copies of your farm maps for use in class. Line drawings, Google maps, or computerized drawings all work. They don’t need to be fancy. Add basic features such as fields, high tunnels and greenhouses, buildings, bathroom facilities, wells, ponds and other water sources.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This workshop may satisfy staff training requirements as described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in §§ 112.21(a) and (b). As there is not yet an equivalency evaluation process, the workshop does not currently satisfy supervisor training described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule 21 CFR Subpart C § 112.22(c).

See the full MOFGA 2019 food safety track


Food Safety Day 1

8:30 – 9 a.m. – Registration, Snacks, Beverages and “Getting to Know You.”

9:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Identify Your Needs and Systems

  1. Introduction to Food Safety, Hazards, and Risk Assessment
  2. FSMA Produce Rule and Your Farm
  3. Your Food Safety Goal
  4. Written Food Safety Plans
  5. Audits and Inspections

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Land Use - Risk Assessment and Farm Maps
Bring along several maps of your farm that you can write on and writing tools

  1. Farm Maps
  2. Field And Land Use Risk Assessment

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 to 3 p.m. – Human Health and Hygiene, and Worker Training

  1. Human Health And Hygiene Action Plan
  2. Worker Training Documentation

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. – Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) and Practices

  1. Write a SOP

Food Safety Day 2

8:30 to 9 a.m. – Snacks, Beverages and “Conversation About Day 1”

9 to 10:45 a.m. – Record Keeping, Traceability, and Recall Plans

  1. Record Keeping Plan
  2. Traceability and Recall Plan

11 12:30 p.m. – Agricultural Water

  1. The PR and Agricultural Water
  2. Water Action Plan

1:30 to 2:45 p.m. – Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin, Animals

3 to 4:30 p.m. – Harvest, Postharvest, and Transportation Sanitation and Practices

  1. Harvest, Postharvest, Transportation Action Plan
  2. Zone Management Plan
  3. Sanitation Plan

4:30 to 4:45 p.m. – Next Steps

MOFGA's 2019 food safety track:

    Two Day Food Safety workshop with Atina Diffley (Jan 31 – Feb 1) – register here

    Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training, MOFGA Education Center (Feb 8) – register here

    Post-harvest Handling workshop with Atina Diffley (March 4) – register here*

    Packing Shed Design workshop with Atina Diffley (March 5) – register here*

*These back-to-back workshops can be attended individually, but registration priority will be given to those attending both


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