This program is a free, five month (Jan – May 2024) coaching program intended to help beginning farmers understand and implement food safety best practices on their own farm. Program coaches will work 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.

The Clean Start Coaching Program no longer accepting new applications.

Applications will be accepted for our next round of participants Fall 2024.

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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
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Program participation includes:

  • $2000 stipend to purchase and implement food safety equipment and/or supplies for your farm
  • each farm must participate in at least 2 paid workshare days at other participants farms

Educational Food Safety Supplements

Handouts

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

Handout 1

Wound Care

Handout 1 (Spanish)

Wound Care

Handout 1 (Swahili)

Wound Care

Handout 1 (French)

Wound Care

Handout 2

Traceability

Handout 2 (Spanish)

Traceability

Handout 2 (Swahili)

Traceability

Handout 2 (French)

Traceability

Handout 3 (Spanish)

Food Safe Surfaces

Handout 3 (Swahili)

Food Safe Surfaces

Handout 3 (French)

Food Safe Surfaces

Clean Start Video Series

Clean Start Video Series | On-Farm Handwashing Practices

Clean Start Video Series | Dropped Produce and Nesting Bins

Clean Start Video Series | Harvest Bin Best Practices

Clean Start Video Series | AZS Produce Washer Winterization

Clean Start Video Series | Field Harvest Kit

This work was supported by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Food Safety Outreach Program Grant project.

Contact Us

Claire Zabel
Email: claire@ivrcd.org