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Cooler Construction Options – Walls and Panels

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 27, 2020
Author: Chris Callahan & Andy Chamberlin
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

There are many options when it comes to constructing a walk-in cooler, cold room, or warm room for on-farm storage.
 
 The main goals for construction of any temperature and humidity controlled space are:
 
 Insulate the walls to provide for efficiency temperature control against a different outside temperature (which may be an warmer inside space)&#13...

Vegetable Wash Sinks

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 27, 2020
Author: Chris Callahan & Andy Chamberlin
Type: Case Studies & Examples; Fact Sheets
Topic: Agricultural Water (Pre/Post Harvest); Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

Produce wash sinks and tanks on vegetable farms consist of several different styles, designs, sizes, and uses. The needs vary from farm to farm but some features to consider are highlighted here.

Footprint Farm Postharvest Case Study

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 27, 2020
Author: Andy Chamberlin
Type: Case Studies & Examples
Topic: Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

Taylor Hutchison and Jake Mendel own and operate Footprint Farm in Starksboro, VT. Starting their own farm in 2013, they now produce pretty much everything except storage potatoes and storage squash with 66 different kinds of vegetables grown in both fields and high-tunnels. Print and video case study formats available.

Finish Surfaces for Produce and Food Areas

Added by Hans Estrin • Last updated April 27, 2020
Author: Andrew Chamberlin and Chris Callahan
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

This Fact Sheet contains an overview of currently available construction surfaces that can work well for post-harvest applications.

Improved Food Safety with Plastic Bulk Bins at Jericho Settlers Farm

Added by Dominique Giroux • Last updated October 10, 2019
Type: Case Studies & Examples
Topic: Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

Jericho Settlers Farm was awarded a Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Produce Safety Improvement Grant in the amount of $5,000 to purchase 85 plastic bulk bins to replace old wooden bins used for the harvesting and storing of crops. The bins purchased were MacroPlastics Hybrid 44P-FV.

Cleanable Wash Line Contact Surface

Added by Dominique Giroux • Last updated October 10, 2019
Type: Case Studies & Examples
Topic: Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

Old Athens received a Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Produce Safety Improvement Grant to upgrade the farm's wash line by replacing two washing machines used to spin dry greens with a commercial food grade stainless spinner and upgrade draining areas by replacing wood and plastic surfaces with stainless steel. The stainless steel salad dryer was the Sammic ES-200 26lb model and...

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Manual

Added by Hans Estrin • Last updated July 26, 2019
Author: Produce Safety Alliance
Type: Produce Safety Rule – FSMA compliance; Planning & Verification Programs – CAPS & GAPS; People & Services
Topic: Produce Safety Introduction; Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments (Compost & Manure); Wild/Domestic Animals & Land Use; Agricultural Water (Pre/Post Harvest); Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rules, Regulations & Templates; Diversified Farms: Processing, Aggregation, Livestock Integration

This is the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Manual, which is available for public use. The date after the tab name indicates the upload date. As revisions are made the dates will be updated to reflect a revised upload.

Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS)

Added by Hans Estrin • Last updated April 15, 2019
Author: Hans Estrin
Type: Planning & Verification Programs – CAPS & GAPS
Topic: Produce Safety Introduction; Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments (Compost & Manure); Wild/Domestic Animals & Land Use; Agricultural Water (Pre/Post Harvest); Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rules, Regulations & Templates; Diversified Farms: Processing, Aggregation, Livestock Integration

Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS) is a program of the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (VVBGA). CAPS is a voluntary, practical approach to documenting the use of practices that reduce food safety risks on farms that grow fresh produce. The CAPS advisory board of farmers and service providers has identified 18 practices that are required for accreditation. CAPS uses...

Last Resort Farm - Postharvest Video Case Study

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 27, 2019
Author: Andy Chamberlin
Type: Case Studies & Examples
Topic: Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

Silas Doyle-Burr is managing Last Resort Farm in Monkton, VT, taking over the operations from his parents on the farm he grew up at. The farm was purchased in 1987, and transitioned from dairy farming to vegetable production in 1993, and now grow 26 different crops split just about evenly retail vs. wholesale. The following link is a playlist of videos taken with Silas showcasing some of the...

Practical Produce Safety Manual: Maximizing Quality, Profitability and Safety on Vermont Produce Farms

Added by Rachel Schattman • Last updated February 5, 2019
Author: Lynn Blevins, Ginger Nickerson, and Hans Estrin
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Produce Safety Introduction; Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments (Compost & Manure); Wild/Domestic Animals & Land Use; Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rules, Regulations & Templates

Practical Produce Safety (PPS) is a cost-effective strategy for growers to implement food safety practices that minimize risk while maximizing produce quality and farm profitability. UVM Extension’s Practical Produce Safety Curriculum and these materials were designed specifically for small produce farms that primarily direct market their produce through CSA’s, farm stands, farmers markets, or...

On-farm Food Safety: Cleaning and Sanitizing Guide

Added by Rachel Schattman • Last updated February 4, 2019
Author: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation

Cleaning and sanitizing are part of an overall food safety plan to provide the safest and best quality fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, and herbs to customers. Checklists, standard procedures, and schedules are typically the best ways to communicate information to employees and document that proper cleaning and sanitizing practices are followed. This fact sheet includes suggested checklists,...