Stories from Farmer Groups - from the short course "Food Safety & Liability Insurance"

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Stories from Farmer Groups - from the short course "Food Safety & Liability Insurance"

  1. 1. Stories from Farmer Groups Notes by: Mercedes Taylor-Puckett Local Foods and Farmers Market Project Coordinator Kansas Rural Center and Kristen Markley National Farm to Institution Program Manager Community Food Security Coalition Jennifer Hashley, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (MA) Program includes: 6 wk farm business planning course, field based training, incubator farms, farmland matching program, marketing training/cooperative (Community Food Project) farmers market, wholesaling, CSA-has become primary outlet. Now adding CSA-like elements to program. Tufts University site of CSA drop off, an exclusive farmers market and then University-dining services buys what’s left. Also senior bundles, Lowell General Hospital Farmers Market, excess bought by cafeteria chef. Jennifer showed slides with examples of food safety concerns on farms, funny titles that went with photos: Cooperative: Nightmare on Arugula Street Oops in the field: Wild Turkey Tangle-poking through row cover Bed Bath and Beyond: moist coverings/newspapers David Runsten, Community Alliance with Family Farmers Started working on our own GAPs - created ‘small farm’ GAPs Every farmer is going to need a basic food safety plan LGMA (Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement): Food safety conflicts with conservation are counter productive for safe production Internships/Apprenticeship need Workmens comp roguefarmcorps.org NCAT community colleges/farmer apprenticeship program based on trades CRAFT groups New England Small Farm Institute: farm mentoring publication/guide Liability Insurance (Andrew Smiley: Sustainable Food Center) from State Farmers Market Association offers liability insurance that extends to wholesale sales

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