Field Notes: January 2020

Field Notes: January 2020

Food Safety

Chesapeake Harvest and Future Harvest are working together to help farmers demystify the food safety processes, employ best practices, and get closer to food safety certification. Through the Food Safety Outreach Program, funded by USDA, farmers in the Chesapeake Bay region have access to free services for food safety education and technical assistance.

Farmers – Check this out! Start with the Future Harvest CASA Conference January 16-18. On January 16, take part in the Produce Safety Alliance, Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course, which satisfies key compliance requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. This is an everything-you-need-to-know workshop that will totally jump start your food safety education.

Next, while still taking in all the incredible conference workshops, sign up for a free, personalized, one-on-one consultation with food safety expert, Lindsay Gilmour. Come as you are! All levels of farm experience are welcome! Let Lindsay help you map out a food safety plan for your farm in 2020.

Click HERE to register

After the conference, our 2020 FSOP line-up includes a range of options:

HANDS-ON TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
Visit farms and learn from certified trainers

COMPREHENSIVE ONLINE TOOLKIT
Download and print resources: Agricultural water, land use, soil amendments, worker training, hygiene and food handling, sanitation and more!

FREE, COMPREHENSIVE FOOD SAFETY PLAN-WRITING CONSULTATIONS
*Only A Few Spots Left*

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL TUTORIALS 

Get in touch to stay in touch with Lindsay Gilmour. We’re happy to make sure you receive more information about these great opportunities!

Farewell

Sadly, we say goodbye to Elizabeth Beggins. Formerly the Production Manager for Chesapeake Harvest, a position she’s held since 2017. Elizabeth was responsible for the Food Safety Program and Social Media Management for us.

Elizabeth will be joining the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) as the Maryland Agriculture Outreach Specialist. Last year, CBF was awarded a 3-year grant under the Town Creek Foundation’s Stanley Initiative to catalyze a farmer and consumer driven movement toward soil health. The project, called the Million Acre Challenge, seeks to achieve 1 million Maryland farm acres managed with regenerative soil heath practices by 2029.

Elizabeth and the MAC team will work to educate and motivate a diversity of farmers and stakeholders across the state, as part of this effort. She will be based at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton.

We wish her luck!

Partner Meeting & Supper

Chesapeake Harvest is planning a winter partner meeting and supper for farmers, producers, buyers, fans, and followers. This will take place from 4-6 pm, Tuesday February 25, 2020 at Temple B’Nai Israel. Besides a great meal and great company, you’ll also hear about the results of our LFPP grant. Stay tuned for more information!