Students work on Waukon school gardens.

Waukon school gardens flourish

Vegetable gardens at two Waukon schools are flourishing thanks to the green thumbs of the young gardeners involved in the Summer Food and Fitness program. The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program, ISU Extension and Outreach, and Allamakee Community School District co-host the program. In June, club members planted and tended the garden at the Waukon … Continue reading Waukon school gardens flourish

Two men operate potato seed cutter.

Produce Safety Alliance trainings help Iowa growers comply with FSMA

by Leigh Adcock, communications specialist More than 180 Iowa produce growers took a Produce Safety Alliance grower training course from ISU Extension and Outreach in 2017-18. They attended in order to learn how to comply with new federal food safety regulations. Last spring we sent them a one-year follow-up survey. (See full results.) Eighty-nine percent … Continue reading Produce Safety Alliance trainings help Iowa growers comply with FSMA

food safety peppers in water.

Tiers of on-farm food safety

by Teresa Wiemerslage, field specialist Farmers are navigating new rules related to the growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce. Some terms are new, and some practices are now required by law. This new food safety landscape has farmers wondering what systems are needed on their farms. I created this graphic to help farmers … Continue reading Tiers of on-farm food safety