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Be ready for Farm to School market opportunities! Join the Illinois Farm Bureau, Seven Generations Ahead and the National Center for Appropriate Technology to learn how to sell to schools and other institutional child feeding sites. Experts from the National Center for Appropriate Technology will share education with Illinois farmers to help facilitate selling into school markets. This session will include the following topics and provide an online guide containing planning tools and customizable materials to support producer preparation for this market. 

Illinois Farm to School Network – In person

April 19 Haymarket Pub & Brewery, Chicago  11 am - 2:30 pm
Learn how to become a school vendor, understand purchase orders, packaging, requirements, and becoming wholesale ready.
Open space discussion: growing for, and selling to schools
Lunch will be provided

Grower Produce Safety Alliance Training (FSMA)

March 28 and 29 – virtual 4 hours each day

This workshop is a LIVE session on Zoom. You must be present for the entire program to receive certification. The class is limited to 25 participants. Registration covers the cost of the certification and manual thanks to grant funding (This is a value of $100). Registration for this workshop closes when we hit 25 attendees. If you do not make it for this class please fill out the waitlist form.

Cost: $25 for everyone

DAY ONE-March 28
9:00am to 2:15pm (30-Minute Break at Noon)

DAY TWO-March 29
10:00am to 3:00pm (60-Minute Break at Noon)


Instructor: University of Illinois Certified PSA Trainers 

Hey fruit and vegetable growers, are you FSMA certified?

Do you have concerns about safety in your produce operation? Are you concerned about compliance with FSMA? Do you want to know more about the difference between FSMA and GAPs? Then Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training might be for you.

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSAM Produce Rule requirements are outlines within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Working Healthy, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Waters
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

For more information, contact Megan Gregg at mgregg@ilfb.org  or 309-557-3363.