Farmer Training at the 2018 EXPO

Are you a farmer who needs to know how the new Federal food safety regulations (FSMA) will affect you? Or wondering how to reach new wholesale markets? Then sign up FamilyFarmed’s March 22 and/or March 23 farmer training workshops being presented as part of the 2018 Good Food EXPO at UIC Forum.

– Thursday, March 22nd – On-Farm Food Safety & Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). 
Food safety farmer training will be held on Thursday, March 22nd as a Good Food Expo pre-conference event at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Find out if, and when, you need to be compliant with FSMA. This is a hands-on training designed for active learning. We will do risk assessments in the workshop to identify potential hazards, analyze how they move on farms, and determine if action needs to be taken or not. We will also develop record keeping/traceability systems that align with farm work, support decision-making, and maximize profitability while also meeting food safety requirements. Class participants will receive a free 3-ring binder of food safety plan templates and action plans. Registration is FREE. Lunch will be available for purchase.

– Friday, March 23rd – Wholesale Success: Meeting the Needs & Values of Wholesale Buyers. 
This training is part of Good Food EXPO
 programming at the UIC Forum in Chicago. Meeting the needs and values of wholesale produce buyers is fundamental to creating healthy long-term relationship. How to actively seek buyers is just the start. Who is your customer and why do they buy? Maintaining the relationship requires attention to details from bunch sizes, labels and lot codes, contracts, pricing, communication, sequential planting, quality control, trends and more. Learn how to serve the wholesale market and make your farm a highly desired source of fresh produce. Registration is FREE. Lunch will be available for purchase on the trade floor.

This training course 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, it does not currently satisfy supervisor training described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule 21 CFR Subpart C § 112.22(c).

Attendees at both workshops will receive a free copy of Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety, Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce ($70 retail value). Now in its fifth edition, Wholesale Success includes comprehensive sections on issues such as Building Relationships with Buyers, On-Farm Food Safety, Cooling and Curing Produce, Packing Shed Design, Proper Post-Harvest Handling and Calculating Return on Investment. It also includes over 100 crop profiles that give specific harvesting, cooling, storage, and packing information on most of the fruits and vegetables grown in the United States. 

Both workshops both will be led by Atina Diffley. Atina is the longtime organic farmer who has been lead instructor for our training programs, which have reached almost 14,000 farmers in 43 states.


For a full agenda and to register click here.


Good Food EXPO scholarships available!

The first 20 Illinois Specialty Crop farms to register for exhibit space Friday, or both Friday and Saturday can receive $370 off the regular registration price. (Saturday-only exhibit registration does not qualify for this scholarship). Please contact FamilyFarmed at prior to registration. More details here!