California ag department offers small farm food safety training

10/10/2012 11:41:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

The California Department of Food and Agriculture will offer several free three-hour food safety training programs geared toward small-scale farmers from Oct. 23-Nov. 8 throughout the state.

The Small Farm Food Safety Project, as it is called, is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, according to a news release.

The workshops also will be offered in several languages, including English, Spanish, Hmong and Chinese.

Among the topics are record keeping, harvest activities, storage, transportation and hygriene.

Water testing and manure handling also will be covered.

In addition, CDFA will offer up to $200 to qualified farmers who have their water or soil tested or for those who have an informational or full GAP (good agricultural practices) audit performed.

For more information regarding the cost share, contact Vonya Fetters at (550) 595-8000.

To view the workshop times and locations, visit CDFA.

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