Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Announcement: Build Your Own Farm’s Food Safety Manual Workshop - West Palm Beach, May 2nd

Greetings ALL,

Hope this finds you well.

This upcoming workshop on Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual may be of interest.

Most intermediate or large chain store buyers now require some level of food safety program from each farm before they buy. Even smaller operations selling directly to consumers may be advised to develop a manual for their farm. This issue of Food Safety has become an important component of doing everyday business on today's farms and will be even more important in the future.

If you plan to develop a Food Safety Program for your fruit and/or vegetable farming operations, field, or greenhouse, this one-day workshop is for you!

The University of Florida/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service is offering a one-day workshop to help growers actually develop their own food safety manuals. When you complete this one day workshop, you will have built the main parts of your own food safety manual.

What: Food Safety Workshop on "Building Your Own Farm's Food Safety Manual"
When: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Where: Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Office – Exhibit Hall A (559 N Military Trail w WPB, FL)

Topics to be Discussed

• General Information
• Site Selection
• Adjacent land Use
• Fertilizer Usage
• Water Usage
• Field Sanitation
• Reviews of Food Safety Plans
• Self-Audits
• Preparing for a Third Party Audit

The registration fee is $35.00 for the first person representing a farm (Primary Participant), and $20.00 for an additional attendee (Secondary Participant). The registration fee includes refreshments and lunch for the day.

Also, the class uses a web-based food safety manual development program. Farmers are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer to class though we will have a limited number of computers available for those needing one. Please reserve one with us prior to class if one of our computers will be needed. Those needing assistance on the computer may bring a computer-savvy helper.

This training is supported with funding from a Specialty Crops Block Grant through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Space is limited so reserve your seat today.

For more information review the attached flyer and brochure.

Contact Christian Miller at or 561-233-1718 will any questions.

Have a GREAT week!!


Christian F. Miller, DPM
Extension Agent
Commercial Vegetable Production & Tropical Fruit Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service UF/IFAS Extension
559 N. Military Trail
WPB, FL 33415-1311
561-233-1718 (office)
561-233-1768 (fax)

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