Food Safety Training and Education with farmers selling to Farm to School programs
Our program provides farm food safety workshops, technical assistance and education for farmers selling to farm to school and other institutional buyers. We can help you understand food safety concepts, recordkeeping and traceability that are important to institutional buyers.
We can also consult with buyers like schools, hospitals and nursing home facilities to help you think through your own food safety requirements for farmers providing fresh food to your meal program.
Useful tool: Conversation guide to on-farm food safety for K-12 food service personnel
Farm to School is growing rapidly across Minnesota and many schools are interested in purchasing directly from nearby farmers. The goal of this document is to provide a list of questions about on-farm food safety practices that K-12 food service personnel can use when talking with farmers from whom they are considering purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables. These questions do not pertain to food safety in your food service kitchen facility. Rather, they relate to on-farm food safety. This means the steps that the farmer took to minimize the risk of contamination as the food was grown, harvested and transported to your kitchen door.
If you are a food service director or buyer who is interested in buying fruits and vegetables from farmers but don’t understand GAPs and on-farm food safety, use this document to guide your conversations with farmers.