The Clean Start program is a free, five month coaching program intended to help beginning farmers understand and implement food safety best practices on their own farm. Program coaches will work one-on-one with participants each month, culminating in the creation of a personalized Food Safety Plan. Please view the Clean Start Food Safety Program Syllabus for further details.

To apply, click the application button below. Applications are now being accepted until Monday, July 12th 2021.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge/comfort with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations and USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification
  • Assessment of your farm’s operation as it relates to food safety best practices
  • Creation of a Food Safety Plan and traceability system for your farm

Program participation includes:

  • $2000 stipend to purchase and implement food safety equipment and/or supplies for your farm
  • Microsoft Surface Go tablet pre-installed w/ Microsoft Office and FarmTabs (Iowa Valley RC&D’s food safety software)
  • Label printer

To view individual handouts, click on the handout images or text links below.

Handout 1

Wound Care

Handout 2

Traceability

Handout 1 (Spanish)

Wound Care

Handout 2 (Spanish)

Traceability

Handout 3 (Spanish)

Food Safe Surfaces

Handout 1 (Swahili)

Wound Care

Handout 2 (Swahili)

Traceability

Handout 3 (Swahili)

Food Safe Surfaces

Contact Us

Claire Zabel
Email: claire@ivrcd.org
Phone: 507-312-9139