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Produce Safety Bite: Training

April 16, 2021

Everyone on the farm should be trained to prevent contamination of fruits and vegetables with pathogens that can cause severe illness.

UVM Extension: List of Best Practices for VT Veggie, Berry Growers

March 4, 2021

Here’s a list of some “best practices” you might already be implementing, have been meaning to do, or… don’t even want to think about. This isn’t meant to overwhelm you, but to provide reminders of things you may want to act on. The list is not in priority order, and is kind of random…send me your ideas on topics I should have included!

What Is A Specialty Crop?

January 7, 2021

When I first heard the term “specialty crop,” I thought of niche specialty food products, such as elderberry jam, maple-flavored granola, and Vermont wine. I did not think of staple foods like potatoes and onions, nor did I expect that over half of the 6,808 Vermont farms counted in the 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture grow specialty crops.

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