Produce Safety Supply Kits

Project Overview

The Produce Program of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) is providing Vermont produce farms with new harvest crates, storage bins, and cleaning supplies to improve produce safety and efficiency.

This project aims to improve food safety practices on Vermont produce farms. Clean containers can reduce the risk of cross-contaminating crops with human pathogens or spoilage microorganisms. Some produce farms have hard-to-clean containers that have cracks, crevices, and corners that are hard to reach with cleaning tools. This project is offered in partnership with the University of Vermont Extension and Sanitizing and Cleaning Resources for Your Business (SCRUB).

Farms must apply for the produce safety supply kits by Friday, October 22nd at noon using the form below. Forty approved applicants will receive a complete Produce Safety Supply Kit, including include 1 bucket, 1 brush, 1 bench squeegee, and a custom number of containers. Farms will receive a customized number of containers based on their request and available supply.

Produce Safety Supply Kit Contents:Gray plastic crate and flip-top container, orange scrub brush, green squeegee, and blue bucket against a white background

Eligibility

Eligible farms must:

  • Be enrolled in the Vermont Produce Portal.
  • Grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

Farms of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to farms with average annual produce sales of greater than $28,561 over the past three years.

How to Apply

  1. Enroll in the Vermont Produce Portal. If you are not sure if your farm is already enrolled, contact us.
  2. Complete the brief application below by Friday, October 22nd at 12 PM (NOON).

Applications will be screened for eligibility and farms with average annual produce sales of greater than $28,561 over the past three years will be prioritized. After screening and prioritization, all eligible applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis until all supplies are spoken for. Produce Program may consider other factors such as produce safety risks identified and number of containers requested.

If your application is selected...

If your application is selected, you will need to pick up your Produce Safety Supply Kit in Randolph on one of the two scheduled pick-up days:

Wednesday, 10/27 (9 AM-3 PM)              OR                    Monday, 11/1 (9 AM-3 PM)

Pick up location:

Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Lab
163 Admin Drive, Randolph, VT 05061

The approximate value of your supply kit might be considered taxable income. We will provide the approximate value of your supply kit at pick-up. Consult with your accountant or tax preparer to determine your tax obligations.

Questions?

Contact Gina Clithero at gina.clithero@vermont.gov or 802-585-6225 with any questions.

If the application form does not appear below or is hard to read, please apply here: Produce Safety Supply Kit Application.

Funding for this project was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM180100XXXXG041. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

This project was supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award U2FFD007405-01 totaling $491,500 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, FDA/HHS or the U.S. Government.

 

Program Contact

Gina Clithero
gina.clithero@vermont.gov
(802) 585-6225

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Vermont Produce Program

AGR.FSMA@vermont.gov
802.461.5128 

Funding for development of this program was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant PAR-16-137. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.