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Transition to Organic Partnership Program: Organics and Food Safety

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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Transition to Organic Parternship Program Workshop Series

Are you looking to increase or improve your organic growing methods? Join UMass Extension and NOFA/Mass as we review and elaborate on growing organically and up to certification standards!

A mixture of in-person and online technical assistance events will be hosted throughout 2024 on the behalf of the Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). To learn more about the UMass & NOFA/Mass programming, check out the NOFA/Mass TOPP web page. To learn more about the national TOPP program, visit

These workshops are intended for commercial vegetable and small fruit growers.

Organics and Food Safety

There are points of both overlap and tension for farms trying to meet organic and food safety standards. In this workshop, we’ll cover the principles and requirements of both and the ways that growers can meet them effectively and streamline their efforts as much as possible. Topics will include selecting and handling soil amendments, agricultural water management, and recordkeeping.

About the Presenter

Lisa grew up in Worcester, Ma and studied biology at the University of California – Santa Cruz. After college, she worked for several years as a Research Technician doing basic medical research in the field of Immunology. More interested in the bigger picture, and in being outdoors, she began working on small farms in Iowa and in Massachusetts. Since 2013, Lisa has been an Educator with the UMass Extension Vegetable Program. She works with commercial vegetable growers throughout Massachusetts on topics such as Integrated Pest Management and Produce Safety. She is a co-editor and contributor to UMass Extension’s Vegetable Notes newsletter and the New England Vegetable Management Guide. She holds a Master’s Degree in Food and Agriculture Law and Policy from the Vermont Law and Graduate School. 

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Sue Scheufele
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