Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

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Upcoming events

    • 09/24/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Sustainable Food Center


    September 24, 2018
    Sustainable Food Center
    2921 E 17th St., Bldg. C
    Austin, TX 78702

    New regulations are making it imperative that good food safety practices become a part of farmers daily lives. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) brings additional responsibilities to most fruit and vegetable growers. This course will provide the information needed to help growers navigate the new FSMA Produce Rule regulations, including available exemptions.

    Participants completing the entire 7 module course and documentation will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials. Take-home material will include a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training resource manual.

    Current TOFGA Members: $20 (to access the member code for registration, please sign in to the members-only section of the website and select "Member Benefits" from the Members-Only dropdown menu. Forgot your password? Reset it.

    Non-TOFGA Members: $25.  Want to become a member? Sign up.

    Billy Mitchell - PSA Lead Trainer, National Farmers Union

    As FSMA Training Coordinator for NFU, Billy plans, organizes, and instructs Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings, food safety field days, and shorter FSMA or food safety workshops around the country. These trainings target small- to mid-sized local producers and processors, including organic, sustainable, value-added, diversified, and socially disadvantaged growers who serve local markets.

    Prior to this position, Mitchell worked on different diversified vegetable farms in Georgia, and spent the past year and a half with Global Growers coordinating on farm food safety workshops with different Georgia agricultural service groups.

    Mitchell, originally from Chicago, received his Bachelors from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and now lives on the coast of Georgia. He is an active cyclist, cook, and drummer and will be assisting a farm to grow vegetables and flowers for a farm to table restaurant on the coast.

    Susie Marshall - PSA Trainer, TOFGA grant project director

    As part of TOFGA's Food Safety Outreach program grant to educate small producers on the new FSMA regulations, Susie coordinates all workshops within Texas as well as workshops with the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) conferences and with other organizations in surrounding states. Susie is a PSA trainer.

    Outside of her work with TOFGA, Susie runs GROW North Texas, a local food system nonprofit in Dallas that works to increase food production and food access in the North Texas area. Susie is a Dallas native and has a Bachelors from Texas Wesleyan and Masters degrees from Texas A&M Commerce and Southern Methodist University.

    This workshop is presented as part of a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

    • 10/14/2018
    • Various

    Preventative Controls for Human Food - FSPCA Training

    Blended Course

    includes an online portion and 1 day workshop

    The new FSMA regulation requires every processing facility to have a trained resource person or Preventive Controls Qualified Individual who has completed a specialized training course such as the one developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) that is recognized by the FDA. This person will oversee the implementation of the facility‚Äôs food safety plan and other key tasks.

    How it works:

    The blended course allows participants to complete a portion of the training online and then attend only a one-day, instructor-led workshop to finish the certificate. Part 1: Online is offered through Oklahoma State University. Part 2: Instructor-Led Course is available at 3 different conferences beginning in October. When Part 1 is complete, you will receive an email that will be your final entry pass into the Part 2 course. Thanks to a grant from USDA NIFA, the cost of the online portion will be free to those who register through the link below. There will be minimal costs for Part 2 based on each conference's fee structure. Please see below for more information. 

    Part 1: Online - Register for the online training through OSU here: https://apps.dasnr.okstate.edu/fapc.okstate.edu/preventive-controls-blended-course-online

    Part 2: Instructor-Led Course - This portion will be available at three different conferences

    • Farm & Food Leadership Conference - Sunday, October 14th at Harvest Seasonal Kitchen (112 E. Louisiana, McKinney, TX 75069). Cost $15. Register here: https://farmandranchfreedomalliance.wildapricot.org/event-2960101; Click on the register button and enter email on the next screen. Then choose None for Conference Registration if you are only registering for this workshop; scroll down and choose Food Safety for Processing Facilities
    • Southern SAWG Conference - January 23, 2019 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. More information soon!
    • Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Assoc Conference - February 7, 2019 in Corpus Christi. More information soon!

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