Principles of Postharvest Handling and Food Safety
May 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Are you new to fruit and vegetable farming and wondering how to extend the quality, shelf life, and safety of your produce? In this workshop, Dr. Eleni Pliakoni of Kansas State University will discuss the basics of produce quality as well as postharvest handling including harvesting, washing and storage, packaging, and some basic equipment considerations. We will also outline the principles of food safety practices relevant for small-acreage and/or organic growers and provide some general information about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. We will be touring Crum’s Heirloom Farm in Bonner Springs, KS to see their post-harvest handling facilities and what farmers can do on a practical level to incorporate these produce quality and food safety principles in their operation.
4:00-4:45 Eleni Pliakoni, Assistant Professor, Urban Food Production and Post-Harvest Handling, Kansas State University, Olathe, KS Basics of postharvest handling for small-acreage fruit and vegetable growers.
5:00-5:45 Londa Nwadike, State Extension Food Safety Specialist, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri, Implementing food safety practices on the farm and an introduction to GAPs and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
6:00-7:00 Farm Tour, Crum’s Heirloom Farm, 158th and Stillwell Rd, Bonner Springs, KS