Farm Food Safety, Post-Harvest Handling
and Small-Scale, Low-Cost Facility Design
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Red Fire Farm, 184 Meadow Road, Montague, MA 01351
There is NO CHARGE for this workshop, but pre-registration is required.
To register, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/umassproducesafety
Join Cornell Vegetable Program’s Robert Hadad to learn how to design, build,
and operate a small-scale, DIY post-harvest handling system!
This workshop will focus on the trifecta of good washing and handling—food safety,
maintaining high quality and efficiency, and affordability for new and small growers.
The session starts with a discussion and hands-on demonstration of how to design and set-up
your wash line, tables, and packing shed, with a focus on safe and efficient product flow to
separate “dirty” field harvested produce from the washed and “clean” final product.
Next, we’ll look at setting up standard operating practices covering
a range of methods of washing produce, including dunking, spraying, and aerating,
as well as the why and how of using organic sanitizers.
This session finishes with an examination of clean-up procedures and
post-harvest handling considerations, including re-cooling, packing, and storage.
If you want to build or upgrade your wash lines and post-harvest handling techniques
and produce a safer, longer storing product, this workshop is for you!
UMass Extension has two field walks currently scheduled:
Wednesday, July 22 from 4pm to 6pm
at Waltham Fields Community Farm in Waltham, MA.
IPM Scouting and pest management
Small sprayer calibration with Rich Bonanno
Monday, July 27 from 4pm to 6pm at Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, MA
IPM Scouting and organic pest management