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Post Harvest Handling + GAP Certification for Urban Farms
May 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Having the right infrastructure and systems for post harvest handling is critical for running a successful urban farm.
Join Future Harvest, Whitelock Community Farm, University of Maryland Extension-Baltimore City and Chesapeake Harvest for an interactive field day designed to teach participants all about post harvest handling, the Produce Safety rule and GAP Certification for Urban Farms. Having the right infrastructure to harvest, wash and pack your produce is critical for running a successful urban farm. Learn how Whitelock Community Farm harvests and distributes their produce while complying with food safety regulations. This is a hands on BFTP field day. There are 20 tickets available.
Whitelock Community Farm began in 2010 when Reservoir Hill residents converted a vacant lot into an active urban farm with the help of hundreds of volunteers. The continued support of neighbors and the wider community has spirited their vision to improve access to healthy food. The farm grows 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits which are distributed through a farm stand, mobile market and local farmers markets. Farm Manager Kimberly Raikes is a produce safety expert with years of experience working in urban farming.
During this field day, participants will get the chance to:
- Tour the farm
- Hear from experts from the University of Maryland Extension and Chesapeake Harvest
- Learn about the Produce Safety Rule, Gap Certification and compliance
- Read through the farms SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) for harvesting and post harvest handling
- Harvest, wash and pack produce
Attendance and Safety Protocols: This workshop has limited spots available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to cancel after ordering your ticket. This BFTP Hands on Field Day is based on work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under grant number #: 2019-49400-30455
$15/ Future Harvest Members
FREE for BFTP