Wondering where to begin with food safety? Start here! The PSA Grower Training is currently the only official FDA-recognized produce safety training to help growers implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and understand their responsibilities under new Federal regulations. Whether you have a farm that is fully covered by the law or a small, exempt farm and you’re just looking for information, this training is for you. The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’ The training is also required for participation in Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Quality Program. Trainings are presented by UMass Extension and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and co-hosted by several different community organizations. These programs are funded in part by a grant from the USDA.
Registration: Cost is $40 for each program and includes the required PSA Grower Manual ($50 value), a Certificate of Course attendance from AFDO ($35 value), and lunch and refreshments. Registration information coming soon!
The training will be held in 5 locations:
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9am-5pm
Where: Hotel 1620, 180 Water St., Plymouth, MA 12360
When: Friday, February 15, 2019, 9am-5pm
Where: Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Kittredge Center room 205,Holyoke, MA 01040
When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 8am-4pm
Where: MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Rd.,Westborough, MA 01581
When: Friday, March 1, 2019, 9am-5pm
Where: North Shore, MA. Location TBD
When: Thursday, March 14, 9am-5pm
Where: Stockbridge Town Hall, 50 Main St., Stockbridge, MA 01262
Questions? Contact for all programs: Lisa McKeag,email@example.com, (413) 545-1051