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Writing a Produce Safety Plan Day Long Workshops

Throughout the State, VT

This year, UVM Extension is offering two opportunities for help writing a produce safety plan for your operation.

OPTION ONE: A Full Day Workshop on Science and Best Practices of Practical Food Safety 
You will leave the workshop with a produce safety plan.  For more information:

Flyer/mail in registration:

On-line Registration:

Register Now – Space is Limited! To register: $18 for first registrant, $10 for each additional person from same farm. 
All workshops run from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm.

St Johnsbury: Wednesday, February 18: Extension Office, Farmer: Mary Skovsted, Joe’s Brook Farm

White River Junction: Thursday, February 19: Yankee Farm Credit, Farmer: Pooh Sprague, Edgewater Farm

Swanton (Co-Sponsored by Healthy Roots): Friday, February 20: Workforce Investment Board Training Center, Farmer: S’ra DeSantis, Diggers Mirth Farm

Poultney (Co-sponsored by Green Mountain College): Monday, February 23: Green Mountain College, Farmer, Carol Tashie, Radical Roots Farm

Middlebury: Tuesday, February 24: Extension Office, Farmer: Jeremy Gildrien, Gildrien Farm

To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or, by two weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.

OPTION TWO: Multi-Farm Kitchen Table Plan Writing Session With Hans Estrin.

With coordination from UVM Extension, the VVBGA is developing their own Produce Safety Accreditation for its members. The purpose is to establish a consistent, practical approach for Vermont produce farmers to reduce food safety risks and to maintain market credibility even if they are exempt from complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

This option is specifically designed for VVBGA members who want to write a Practical Produce Safety Plan quickly and efficiently, with immediate feedback and without having to drive far to a workshop.  These work-sessions are small (2-5 farmers) and are convened on demand, as schedule and interest allows.  If potential participants would like to learn about risks and best practices in addition to writing a PPS plan, they should register for one of five day-long PPS workshops being held in December

For more information

To schedule a Kitchen Table Plan Writing Session in your area contact Hans Estrin at or 802-257-7967.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Hans at least 3 weeks in advance of the session so we may assist you.