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Two-part Produce Farm Training in October at Heifer Ranch (AR) Part 2: Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest Handling for Intermediated Markets

Scaling up Your Produce Farm: Postharvest

Handling for Intermediated Markets

October 10th | 9am-4pm | Registration $10 (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop will focus on harvest and postharvest operations for fruit and vegetable growers to be able to scale up into wholesale and intermediated markets. Intermediated markets are non-direct-to-consumer markets and include sales directly to restaurants, grocers, schools, universities and other institutions, as well as sales to food hubs and other aggregators and distributors dedicated to local food sourcing.

Topics covered will include handling and storage requirements for fruits and vegetables, food safety considerations in postharvest operations, and the buyer’s perspective when purchasing local produce. The workshop will also feature a tour of the 2-acre organic vegetable farm at Heifer Ranch and their newly-updated pack shed with scale appropriate equipment for produce washing, handling, and storage.

register at: bit.ly/NCATpostharvest

Please register for each workshop and you are allowed to attend only one of the two workshops if you prefer.

 

Contact Angela Gardner at (501) 671-2180 or agardner@uaex.edu for information.