The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) course will provide fruit and vegetable growersEggplants peppers vegetables & processors with a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management of natural resources and food safety information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Even if you are not required to have the certificate, it is excellent food safety training and also coordinates well with GAP certification requirements.

The goal of this work is to provide outreach, education and training to small local food producers and processors on the Produce Safety and Preventative Controls rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Three available dates

  1. January 8th, 2019
  2. January 9th, 2019
  3. February 6th, 2019
Information for January dates:

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Building
Room 309
2301 N Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

  • General admission is $150 for the food system community.
  • The discounted rate ($30) is made available through additional support from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
  • Pennsylvania Growers and Producers who meet grant criteria by agreeing to share their contact information with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture are eligible for the discounted rates.

All attendees completing the course will receive a workbook worth $50 and a Certificate worth $35. Coffee (beverage) and lunch service will be provided.

Sign up for either January date here.
Information for February 6th:

Held as a full day intensive track at the 2019 Sustainable Agriculture Conference (organized by PASA). Registration provided through PASA here. (Scroll down to FSMA: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training & Certification.)

Lancaster Farm & Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road
Lancaster, PA

Featured trainers:
Jeff Stoltzfus, Penn State Extension
Lindsay Gilmour, Organic Planet
Gary Bloss, PA Farmers Union
Chelsea Matzen, National Farmers Union

Farmers Union is covering the cost for each attendee to receive a workbook worth $50 and a lifetime certificate worth $35.

Price: $50, includes lunch; on-site registration not available

Sign up for February 6th here.

Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU) is a policy and advocacy organization that represents family farmers in Pennsylvania. This course is offered in collaboration with the Local Food Safety Collaborative lead by National Farmers Union.