Kansas Specialty Crop Farm Spotlight: Mellowfields Farm
At Mellowfields Farm Kevin and Jessi cultivate almost 3 acres of Kansas River bottom soil. After several years of being somewhat nomadic in their growing, hopping from neighbors’ yards to leasing land from the City of Lawrence as part of its Common Ground program, they are now growing on their own land on the eastern outskirts of Lawrence, KS.
Kevin and Jessi, along with three full-time employees, start, plant, cultivate, harvest and sell over 90 varieties of vegetables for sale directly to eaters through CSA and farmers market as well as through grocery stores, food hubs and restaurants. They look forward to years of cultivating and caring for this soil and building a farm business that will last.
Kevin and Jessi are known for their well-planned and efficient post-harvest handling facility.
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This webinar series is supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award 1U01FD006921-01 totaling $25,000 with 100 percent funded by FDA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by FDA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
LOCAL FOOD SAFETY COLLABORATIVE
Navigating the Food Safety Modernization Act can be daunting without assistance.
Produce Safety Rule — the first mandatory federal standard for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce — is one of seven that comprise the Food Safety Modernization Act, the most sweeping reform of the nation’s food safety laws in over 70 years.
To assist producers in understanding how the rule will affect them as well as providing a basic outline on good agricultural practices (GAPS) for post-harvest handling, harvesting, washing, storage and packaging produce for safety and quality, Kansas Farmers Union and the Kansas Beginning Farmers Coalition has partnered with K-State Extension, and the Kansas Department of Agriculture to bring a series of training sessions throughout the state.