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An Introduction to Compliance Issues for Small Farmers Webinar

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Why Think About Compliance?

In our first webinar of the “Finding Your Markets” series, we discussed selling to grocery stores.

Farms accessing these and other large markets must follow many rules and regulations. Since we’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what compliance issues farms need to consider, we decided to tack on one more webinar to this “Finding Your Markets” series.

The Compliance Webinar will discuss what compliance issues apply to your farm, what you need to prepare, and how to think strategically about compliance.

Watch the Recorded Webinar

And check out this Live Sales display in the Fort Collins, CO Whole Foods Market below!

live herbs in whole foods

Compliance Requirements vary by market

Many markets, such as CSAs and Farmers’ Markets, do not need any official certifications for you to access. Regardless, it is important to follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Dr. Nate Storey will discuss the components of GAP and standards, what your farm always needs to follow, and what your farm sometimes needs to follow based on market.

Official Inspections and Procedures

What does it mean when your farm is being inspected? Who conducts the inspections? What are they looking for, and how can you prepare?

Inspections can be daunting, but with the right preparation, your greenhouse will breeze through. We will talk about the inspection process, how to create good logs, and what to keep for inspectors.

For example, tracking your pesticides and treatments is essential. Your workers must abide by sanitary standards, so you need to have a plan for employee training, tracking, and illness reporting.

Think Strategically About Compliance

Minimizing your compliance cost requires you, the farmer, to think strategically. If harvesting cut greens requires a certified kitchen in your state, should  you consider selling standard heads of lettuce instead? Dr. Storey will discuss what you should consider before entering the market and the benefits of using ZipGrow towers for live sales.

Sign up for the Webinar

The (free!) Compliance Webinar can be found at the link below.

compliance webinar

 

“Finding Your Markets” Webinar Series:

 Grocery Stores

  • How the live sales model works with various stores
  • What kind of compliance issues do you need to worry about
  • How do you establish a relationship with a store
  • What to expect once you’re in the store

Watch the “Selling to Grocery Stores ” webinar.

 Farmer’s Markets:

  • How to get connected with your local market
  • How to grow for and transport ZipGrow towers to farmer’s markets
  • How to maximize benefits from selling at a farmer’s market

Watch the “Selling at Farmer’s Markets” webinar.

 CSA Programs

  • How do CSA’s work?
  • How are CSA’s structured?
  • How to market your CSA
  • What to plan for and how to handle your CSA logistics 
  • Growing your CSA and your customer base

Watch the “Starting a CSA” webinar.

 Restaurants

  • The pros and cons of selling to restaurants
  • How do you know if restaurants are a good market for you
  • How do you approach restaurants and turn them into accounts
  • Growing for chefs
  • Managing crops for restaurants
  • Income/cost structure for restaurants sales look like
  • Restaurants as a component of your overall revenue or restaurants as a primary source of your overall revenue

Watch the “Growing for Restaurants” webinar.

Compliance

  • Compliance Requirements by Market
  • Good Agricultural Practices
  • Inspections
  • Keeping logs
  • Thinking strategically about compliance
  • Legislative issues

This webinar is free and open to the public.  Sign up here

 

Author: Perry Baptista

Perry is a recently-graduated student of Agricultural Business and Economics. She has a passion for small farms and sustainable agriculture.

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