This Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training curriculum has been specifically designed to provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) knowledge that includes emphasis on co-management of food safety and environmental management goals, while outlining the requirements in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Though the development of this curriculum was focused on small farms, the need to understand and reduce microbial risks during the production of fruits and vegetables should be important to every grower. The farming environment naturally has many microbial risks, so to protect the fruits and vegetables that are grown and packed on the farm, every grower needs to know how to identify and reduce risks. In addition, buyer demand for food safety practices, and the first ever regulation of fresh produce outlined in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, make knowledge about produce safety important to overall farm viability.
Every participant will be able to download the 340-page PSA Grower Training manual for their use during the course and reference after the course. All who successfully complete will earn a Certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) through Produce Safety Alliance at Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Produce Safety Alliance.
Training Manual: An electronic version (PDF) of the printed manual is provided for course participants to use as a reference. All of the information in the printed manual is in the Online course. Course participants are STRONGLY recommended to order a printed copy of the PSA Grower Training manual ($50 plus shipping) from the NYSAES bookstore. New York participants do not need to purchase the printed manual. It will be provided to you through the New York grant. Participants with the printed manual report that they used it extensively as they went through the course.
Certificate: In order to receive your Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) certificate, please be sure to include your address when creating your user account when registering.
Alternate Languages: The course is currently only available in English. You must be fluent in English to register. The development team is working on a Spanish-language version.
- Gain the foundational skills of GAPs, co-management information, and FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements
- How to develop a farm food safety plan
- Identify microbial risks, learn practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Fruit and vegetable growers
- Anyone interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), or co-management of natural resources and food safety