Good Agricultural Practices for Breadfruit
As part of the Hawaii Ulu Producers’ (HUPC) mission to foster a sustainable, local breadfruit industry that produces safe, clean, abundant food for our island community, HUPC is hosting a holistic farm food safety training with food safety expert, Dr. Luisa Castro. The upcoming workshop, “Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Other Food Safety Considerations for Commercial Breadfruit Production” is a 6-hour training that will cover the basics of Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, and other important considerations for farmers currently producing or interested in producing breadfruit commercially. While breadfruit is currently exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act or FSMA, understanding basic food safety guidelines as they pertain to breadfruit is important and valuable for any farmer operating in today’s regulatory and market environment.
The training course will cover the following topics:
|Module 1||Intro to Produce Safety|
|Module 2||Worker Health and Hygeine|
|Module 3||Soil Amendments|
|Module 4||Wildlife, Domesticated Animals and Land Use|
|Module 5||Agricultural Water - Production Water & Postharvest Water|
|Module 6||Postharvest Handling and Sanitation|
Pricing: Free for coop members, $25 for non members (plus taxes and fees) – includes workbook and light refreshments; participants should bring their own brown bag lunch.
Trainer Bio: Luisa F. Castro, PhD is the statewide Agricultural Food Safety Program Manager for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. She has over 20 years of experience working in the agricultural industry spanning projects focusing on water quality to value-added products. Her interests include food safety, food storage and food preservation. Her teaching includes courses in GAPs, GMPs and the Hawaii Master Food Preserver Certificate Program, which she has taught to over 93 adults statewide. Her research interest is applied food safety and she has several publications related to good agricultural practices on the farm, including “Hawai‘i Farmers Market and Agritourism Venues: Best Food Business and Food Handling Practices for Farmers and Vendors”
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