Monday, March 30, 2020

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfection Workshop for Direct Market Growers

Blackberry and raspberry growers (primarily small farm markets):
The NCSU Produce Safety Team has put together a workshop to talk about the issues around cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection for produce growers and to answer questions you may be having on these issues.

On Friday April 3rd, NCSU will host a session for small growers from 8:30-9:30am.  

All you have to do is click on the link below at the designated time and date: - Grower Training April 3rd, 8:30am

Friday, March 27, 2020

More COVID-19 information

The NC Cooperative Extension Service has developed a lot of resources for growers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information for Farms and Agribusiness, Food Safety and more.

The comprehensive site is here:

Is Coronavirus an issue in  Produce Production?

And a link to Farming Resources developed by Mark Hoffmann (Strawberry and Grape Extension Specialist)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

FAQ: Covid 19 for U Pick and Farmers Markets

NCSU has prepared FAQ infosheets for U Pick and Farmers Markets.
"THE GOOD NEWS COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness. It is extremely unlikely that someone will catch it through eating. The virus is most likely to cause illness through respiratory transmission, not eating. The routes to be concerned about include being in very close proximity to many people or coming in contact with high touch surfaces." (Quote from infosheets below)

Links with other information specific to U Pick and Farmers Markets:

Additional Resources can be found at: