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Past Workshops & Presentations

This page has content from only past presentations and workshops. For upcoming food safety trainings, please see the UMass Vegetable Extension Upcoming Events page.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Twilight Meeting: Pests & Pets - Managing Animals in the Packhouse

UMass Agricultural Learning Center

Presenters:

  • Amanda Brown, UMass Student Farm Enterprise

  • Natasha Wright, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination

  • Hans Estrin, University of Vermont Extension

  • Jim Ward, Ward's Berry Farm, Sharon, MA

  • Wally Czajkowski, Plainville Farm, Hadley, MA

Powerpoints

Amanda Brown - Packhouse Design Process for the UMass Student Farm

Natasha Wright - Rats & Birds: Tips & Techniques for Their Control

Jim Ward - Bird Control at Ward's Berry Farm

Presentation Videos

Note: The sound quality on these videos isn't ideal; you may want to turn on subtitles by clicking the "CC" button at the bottom of the video screen.

Amanda Brown - Packhouse Design Process for the UMass Student Farm - Video

Natasha Wright - Rats & Birds: Tips & Techniques for Their Control - Video

Jim Ward - Bird Control at Ward's Berry Farm - Video


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

UMass Vegetable Program Winter Workshop: Food Safety Planning

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Headquarters

Presenters:

Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Vegetable Program

Katie Campbell-Nelson, UMass Extension Vegetable Program

Kate Bailey, Alexandra Hachem, Denise Pavao, Steven Pilis, and Erik Stenfor, MDAR Produce Safety Inspectors

Presentation

Food Safety Planning

Handouts

Water System Mapping Worksheet

MDAR Sample Recordkeeping Form

Creating a Google Maps Field Map - Michigan State University

Standard Operating Procedures


Saturday, February 9, 2019

CISA Winter Workshop: Developing Farm SOPs & Training Staff

Harvest Farm of Whately, 125 Long Plain Rd., South Deerfield, MA

Presenters:

Gary Gemme, Harvest Farm of Whately

Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Vegetable Program

Alexandra Hachem, MDAR Produce Safety Inspection Program

Presentation

FSMA Worker Training Requirements

Handouts

FSMA Worker Training Requirements

Implementing SOPs & Food Safety Practices - Farmer Quotes


Saturday, January 13, 2018

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference: Preparing your Farm for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Worcester State University

Presenter:

Lisa McKeag, Educator UMass Extension

Presentation

Preparing Your Farm for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Twilight Meeting: Produce Wash Station Design, Use, and Maintenance -- 
Meeting Produce Safety Requirements

Atlas Farm, 635 River Road, Deerfield, MA 

Presenters:

Amanda Brown, Director UMass Student Farm - Writing a farm plan and designing a mobile produce wash unit

Gideon Porth, Owner Atlas Farm - Using and maintaining a wash room with food safety in mind

Amanda Kinchla & Lisa McKeag, Educators, UMass Extension - Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) basics

Handouts

Agenda and presenter contact info

UMass Student Farm Wash Station Case Study 2016

Finish Surfaces for Produce and Food Areas (Chris Callahan, UVM)


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Twilight Meeting: Irrigation Systems - Water Management & Food Safety

Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, 139 Spring Street, Millis, MA 02054

Presenters:

Trevor Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm Irrigation and Row Crop Supplies

Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Vegetable Program - Farm Food Safety in Massachusetts

Michael Botelho, MDAR

Handouts

GM STV Worksheet

PSA Water Systems Template & Map

1603 Example Report

Water Testing Handout


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Harvest New England: FSMA & UMass Extension's Role in Food Safety Education

Sturbridge Host Hotel

Presenter:  Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Vegetable Program

Presentation

FSMA & UMass Extension's Role in Food Safety Education


Saturday, January 14, 2017

NOFA Winter Conference: The Food Safety Modernization Act: What to Expect in Massachusetts

Worcester State University

Presenters:

Lisa McKeag, UMass Extenson

Michael Botelho, MDAR

Presentation

Food Safety Modernization Act: What to Expect in Massachusetts


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Twilight Meeting: Equipment for Mechanical Cultivation & Product Washing and Packing

Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, 139 Spring Street, Millis, MA 02054
Presenters:
Laura Tangerini & Steven Chiarizio - Pack shed equipment at Tangerini's Farm
Lisa McKeag, UMass Extension Vegetable Program - Farm Food Safety in Massachusetts

Program Handouts

Farm Food Safety in Massachusetts: Some History, and The Landscape as of August 2016


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Farm Food Safety: Post-Harvest Handling and Small-Scale, Low-Cost Facility Design

Red Fire Farm, 184 Meadow Road, Montague, MA 0135
Presenter: Robert Hadad, Regional Vegetable Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Program Handouts

Building an Easy-Clean Produce Wash Table     

Wash Line & Packing Shed Design for Food Safety

Harvest Containers and Tools

Standard Operating Procedure: Washing Produce with a Bleach Sanitizing Solution

Standard Operating Procedure: Washing Produce with a Peracetic Acid Solution

Standard Operating Procedure: Produce Washing