FamilyFarmed is Seeking Partners for USDA-Funded Farmer Training Workshops

FamilyFarmed is seeking host partners to join our grant application for funding of farmer training workshops. FamilyFarmed is pleased to announce new Direct Market Success training and On-Farm Food Safety training resources in addition to our acclaimed Wholesale Success training curriculum. These workshops are highly customizable to focus on your areas of need and can be scheduled for one to two days. Contact FamilyFarmed by June 16, 2017.

Core topics could include:
FSMA/on-farm food safety plans & risk management best practices
Wholesale marketing and operations
Direct marketing operations
Pre-harvest and post-harvest handling best practices
Maintaining the cold chain, cleaning and drying, packing and grading
Packing shed and farm site map design
Developing relationships with buyers
Worker health and hygiene, record keeping, traceability
Contracts and wholesale sales agreements

Workshop activities may include: presentation, farmer and/or buyer panel, activities and small-group work, group assessments and discussion, beginning food safety plans, making farm site maps, facility tours and site visits, reception/Meet the Buyers networking event.
Since the launch of Wholesale Success: A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety, Selling, Postharvest Handling, and Packing Produce – now in its 5th edition -, FamilyFarmed has worked with partners to train more than 12,500 farmers across the U.S. on how to better meet buyers’ expectations for food safety, product consistency and product quality. Now we’ve added Direct Market Success for new and beginning farmers and a full food safety curriculum to make sense of new federal regulations, including those under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Atina Diffley

Our trainings are led by Atina Diffley, author of the 2012 award-winning memoir, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works. Atina is a pioneer in the organic farming community who will offer first-hand expertise, practical/scale-appropriate systems, step-by-step recommendations, group dialog and food safety plan assistance.

Through this program, we will:
Present a customized 1-day or 2-day workshop, based on Direct Market/Wholesale Success manuals and On-Farm Food Safety templates, that is presented by our seasoned farmer/trainer Atina Diffley
Provide participating farmers a free companion technical assistance manual based on the training topic focus (either our new Direct Market Success manual, our recently updated Wholesale Success, or our On-Farm Food Safety Tool companion binder).
Provide technical assistance to participants who want to complete a customized food safety plan using our free, online on-farm food safety tool.
Who do we partnerwith to provide these trainings?
Wholesale/institutional buyers
Food hubs and packinghouses
Non-profit organizations
Farmers markets
University Extension offices
State Departments of Agriculture
Farmer Cooperatives/Auctions

To bring farmer training to your farmer network or for more information about our workshops, including financing/grant options to cover all associated costs, please contact James Pirovano ( and Chelsea Callahan (, or call 312.874.7360 no later than June 16.


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