Workshop series planned for local food producers
Hometown Harvest of Southeast Iowa, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, is presenting the 2013 Local Food Producer Workshop Series Feb. 14 and Feb. 18 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building.
Hometown Harvest officials said this series of workshops is an important step in producer development whether the market is direct to consumer or working with wholesale accounts.
Officials said the first workshop will provide training in good agriculture best practices, and by the end of the second workshop, producers will have 80 percent of a farm food safety plan written.
The Feb. 14 workshop, “Good Agriculture Practices,” will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with speakers Cathy Strobehn and Paul Demoto. Stroben is with ISU Extension, and Demoto is with ISU Horticulture.
The Feb. 18 workshop, “On-Farm Food Safety Planning,” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with speakers Angela Shaw and Linda Naeve. Shaw is with ISU Extension Food Safety, and Neve is with ISU Value-added Agriculture.
Participants can bring laptop computers to complete the Food Safety Plan or they can fill it out by hand.
Registration is due Feb. 1. A fee, which covers materials, coffee, tea and lunch, is charged.
For details, including registration information, view a flyer at www.pathfindersrcd.org/pdf_files/news_GAPtraining.pdf or call Jan Swinson, with Hometown Harvest, at 472-6177.