The Clean Start program is a free, six 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 and mock audit to assess on-farm food safety procedures. Please view the Clean Start Food Safety Program Syllabus for further details.

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
  • Ability to pass a FSMA inspection and/or GAP audit

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 (French)

Wound Care

Handout 2 (French)

Traceability

Handout 3 (French)

Food Safe Surfaces

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 (Spanish)

Food Safe Surfaces

Contact Us

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