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  • Thursday, June 07, 2018 at 08:30 AM · 4 rsvps

    GAPs Training June 2018

    When: Thursday, June 7th

    Time: 10:00*am – 3:30pm (General public)
    *If you are a part of the Farmers Market Aggregation Project please arrive at 8:30/8:45 and training will begin at 9:00 am

    Where: Community Resource Bank, 1605 Heritage Drive, Northfield, MN 55057 and Open Hands Farm

    Training begins in the classroom at Community Resource Bank, and then we will move to Open Hands Farm for an on-farm tour and hands-on field day relating to food safety on the farm.

    Learn how Good Agricultural Practices can improve the quality and safety of your product and help you access new markets. This training is specifically tailored to small to mid-size fruit and vegetable farms, but any farmer or gardener is welcome to attend. Topics:
    - Understanding best practices to improve the safety associated with the growing, harvest, washing of fresh fruits and vegetables
    - What is a GAP audit? What is FSMA? How do they apply to me?
    - Animals, safe compost/manure use, water and safely washing vegetables, low-cost handwashing stands, water testing, and more
    - Practice writing food safety SOPs that are helpful for your farm, your food safety plan, and are required for a GAPs audit if you choose to get one.

    Trainers: UMN Extension Educators Annalisa Hultberg, MS and Anne Sawyer, PhD

    Cost: Free! Bring your own lunch. All attendees entered to win handwashing stand materials for their farm. All attendees issued a certificate of attendance.

    BRING: Your laptop, any farm food safety plan you have, and a map of your location.

    AGENDA:
    8:30 Registration and Refreshments
    9:00 Intro and Overview of Local Orbit Platform*
    *for Farmers Market Aggregation Project participants
    10:00 Introduction to Produce Safety, FSMA and GAP audits
    10:30 Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training and Handwashing
    10:45 Agricultural water and water testing
    11:00 Break
    11:15 Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
    11:30 Soil Amendments
    11:45 Wash water, postharvest, packsheds and pest control
    12:00 Lunch break
    12:15 (while we continue to eat) Intro to food safety plans, log sheets and lot codes
    12:30 SOP Exercise in small groups – practice writing an SOP
    1:00 Final Questions and Evaluations
    1:30 Leave for Open Hands Farm
    2:00 – 3:30 Tour Open Hands Farm and talk about food safety practices

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 at 12:00 PM through August 06, 2018
    Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin

    Soil Sisters Tour

    Soil Sisters Farm Tour: A Celebration of Wisconsin Farms and Rural Life. For three days and with five unique components and involving more than twenty farms, the jam-packed SOIL SISTERS culinary event celebrates Wisconsin's family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin, over the first weekend of August 2018.

    From heirloom tomatoes to emus, sheep to solar energy, bed & breakfasts to beef, the farmers and artisan food producers share a unique diversity of farm experiences showcasing the summer's bounty.  Choose from a variety of activities including “Farm-to-Table Dinner at Dorothy’s Range and Pizza on the Farm at Inn Serendipity, plus area restaurants featuring "locavore" specials throughout the weekend.

    Starting on August 3rd and running through August 5th, 2018, SOIL SISTERS offers an immersive farming and culinary experience, led by women -- the soil sisters -- committed to a healthy, fresh product or farm-made, artisanal food products and other items.  Some of these soil sisters are assisted by their husbands (aka "brothers") and/or their family.

    Wear your sun hat, pull on your farmboots or overalls, and kick back for a relaxing time on one, or all, of the farms.  And come hungry for some farm-to-table feasts.

     

    Links:
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  • Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Squash Blossom Farm in Oronoco, MN

    Minnesota On-Farm Foodservice Field Day at Squash Blossom Farm

    Come and Get It

     

    Are you a farmer curious about potentially diversifying into on-farm food service such as farm-to-table dinners or a pizza farm? While public enthusiasm for culinary agritourism is increasing, the logistics and licensing of such an operation can be challenging daunting and expensive. Come and Get It: What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm, supports farmers exploring such potential ventures with information, training and support. Register below!

     

    Each session showcases a successful story of how farms can diversify into food ventures, including:

    -Detailed “behind the scenes” farm and pizza operation tour
    -Informational sessions on business start-up, licensing and marketing
    -Tasting lunch
    -Plenty of Q&A time
    -Cross-pollination opportunity with other farmers interested in similar ventures

    Cost is $35; $15 for an additional person from the same business.  Pre-registration required. Registration includes a printed copy of the “Come & Get It” manual, lunch and hands-on instruction.

    On-Farm Foodservice Field Day

    Monday, August 13th, 2018 - 10 am to 2 pm
    Squash Blossom Farm
    Host farmers: Susan Waughtal & Roger Nelson
    Oronoco, Minnesota (1 hour southeast of Minneapolis)

    Type of operation:  Weekly wood-fired pizzas on Sunday afternoons along with baked goods and catered events. Live music and other on-farm events throughout the season with food components.

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Campo Di Bella in Mt Horeb, WI

    Wisconsin On-Farm Foodservice Field Day at Campo Di Bella

    Come and Get It

     

    Are you a farmer curious about potentially diversifying into on-farm food service such as farm-to-table dinners or a pizza farm? While public enthusiasm for culinary agritourism is increasing, the logistics and licensing of such an operation can be challenging daunting and expensive. Come and Get It: What You Need to Know to Serve Food on Your Farm, supports farmers exploring such potential ventures with information, training and support. Register below!

    Each session showcases a successful story of how farms can diversify into food ventures, including:

    -Detailed “behind the scenes” farm and pizza operation tour
    -Informational sessions on business start-up, licensing and marketing
    -Tasting lunch
    -Plenty of Q&A time
    -Cross-pollination opportunity with other farmers interested in similar ventures

    Cost is $35; $15 for an additional person from the same business.  Pre-registration required. Registration includes a printed copy of the “Come & Get It” manual, lunch and hands-on instruction.

    On-Farm Foodservice Field Day

    Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 10 am to 2 pm
    Campo di Bella
    Host farmers: Mary Ann & Marc Bellazzini
    Mount Horeb, Wisconsin (30 minutes west of Madison)

    Type of operation:  On-farm winery and full kitchen features full meals, wine bar and catered events. Italian-inspired meals feature heritage pork, lamb and vegetables grown on the farm