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Resources at UVM Extension
- Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont
- Food Safety at UVM Extension
- Practical Produce Safety at UVM Extension
- UVM Extension Food & Nutrition Programs
- Vermont Vegetable and Berry Grower Pages
- Practical Produce Safety
Regional & National Resources
- Produce Safety Alliance, Cornell University
- USDA GAP & GHP (Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices)
- National Association of State Departments of Agriculture – Food Regulation
Vermont Produce Safety Survey
If you grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce for human consumption, you may be impacted by the FDA's Produce Safety Rule. This rule covers the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of raw agricultural commodities that are commonly consumed raw, such as strawberries, lettuce, melons, and spinach. FDA defines produce as any fruit or vegetable—including mixes of intact fruits and vegetables—as well as mushrooms, sprouts (irrespective of seed source), peanuts, tree nuts, and herbs.
Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/vtfsma to take the survey and learn about how your farm may be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule or call Kristina Sweet at (802) 522-7811 to complete the survey over the phone
- Who? All Vermont farmers who grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce—even if primarily engaged in another type of farming—should take this survey.
- What? The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) designed this survey to help farmers determine if they will be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, understand their requirements under the rule, and learn about compliance timelines. The Produce Safety Rule, a rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is now final and will be implemented over the next 1 to 5 years.
- Why? Information collected through this survey will help VAAFM understand how farms in Vermont will be impacted by the Produce Safety Rule and better assist farmers in preparing for implementation of the rule.
- How? In order to complete this survey, you will need estimates of your farm, business, or organization's annual sales of (a) produce and (b) all food—including animal feed. You will also need general knowledge of your farm, business, or organization’s food safety practices.
This survey will take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete and is divided into two sections. Section I will help to determine whether you may be subject to Produce Safety Rule, and Section II asks about your farm's food safety practices and certifications so that we may better understand how market demand for produce safety impacts farms in Vermont.
Contact Kristina Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 522-7811 with comments or questions about this survey.
Produce Safety Pack Shed Design & Construction Videos
Check out these new videos produced by UVM’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture on pack shed design and construction. They star Vermont farmers and offer tips for operations of all sizes and styles. The Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and USDA Risk Management Agency provided funding for this project.
- Packshed Design: Building a small open produce packshed with the beginning farmers at Flywheel Farm
- Packshed Design: Renovating an old dairy barn for use as a packshed on the certified organic High Meadows Farm
- Packshed Design: Expanding to accommodate business growth in the diversified operation at Jericho Settlers Farm