The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) Produce Program will provide 40 produce farms with new harvest crates, storage bins, and cleaning supplies to improve produce safety and efficiency.
Farms must apply for the produce safety supply kits by Friday, October 22 at 12 PM. Forty approved applicants will receive a complete Produce Safety Supply Kit, including 1 bucket, 1 brush, 1 bench squeegee, and a custom number of containers.
These produce safety supply kits will support farms in improving container cleaning and management procedures which are important because clean farm containers can reduce the risk of cross-contaminating crops with human pathogens or spoilage microorganisms.
Eligible farms must be enrolled in the Vermont Produce Portal and grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.
Farms of all sizes are encouraged to apply but priority will be given to farms with average annual produce sales of greater than $28,561 over the past three years. Apply by at 12 p.m. Friday, October 22nd.
Successful applicants will need to pick up supplies at the Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Lab in Randolph, VT on Wednesday, October 27 or Monday, November 1.