Join us starting this Thursday for a series Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition Farm to School Month web forums that take a unique look at food safety and farm to school issues from the producer, food service, and consumer perspectives. The comment period for the new Food Safety Modernization Act and Proposed Produce Safety Rule ends on November 15. This is a critical time to understand the new rules and the implications that they have on growers and the health of students across the country.
The Farm to School Food Safety Project, on Thursday October 17, provides an in-depth look at a comprehensive review and analysis of the statutory and regulatory structure of agricultural policies as they relate to farm to school in Colorado, with a specific focus on the interconnectedness of federal mandates on state regulatory structures and local county health regulations related to food safety.
In this webinar you will learn about four specific resources from the project – each targeted for specific audiences: policymakers/regulators, public health, school food service directors, and producers. In addition, the speakers will discuss how Colorado’s resources can be used as a template for other states to undertake their own comprehensive analysis and why they should do it. Click here for more details and to register.
The Food Safety Modernization Act, the Produce Safety Rule and Farm to School, on Friday October 18, provides an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act and explores how the proposed produce rules could facilitate or hinder farm to school efforts. While much has been said about the proposed rule’s impact on specific types of producers, this webinar uniquely considers the farm to school implications from the producer and the food service director’s perspectives. Panelists include national agricultural food safety specialists, legal analyst, and farm to school research staff. Click here for more details and to register.
Farm to School and the Cost of Food Safety, on Tuesday October 22, presents findings from a study by the Oregon Public Health Institute that investigated the cost of food safety measures among a sample of small and medium sized Oregon growers participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program (USDA GAP&GHP). Hear from public health officials, producers, and school food service directors as they discuss the barriers and how to overcome them. Click here for more details and to register.
Food Safety, Urban Farming, and Farm to School, on Monday October 28, will introduce you to an innovative program in which one of the largest school districts in the country is creating a farm to school program using their own land. Learn about the school farming project AND discuss the food safety issues associated with urban farming, whether existing regulations adequately address the issues, and how Denver Public Schools partners with Colorado State University Extension to ensure food safety in the farming, harvesting, and transport processes while not overburdening the farmers of these small urban plots. Click here for more details and to register.