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 and apply below.

The Clean Start program is accepting applications until November 9th.

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

Contact Us

Jason Grimm
Phone: 319-622-3264