CHARLESTON and CLEMSON, S.C. — The goal of the training is to build the capacity of farmers to meet the burgeoning demand for locally/regionally grown fruits and vegetables. These trainings are being held based on the tremendous response and positive feedback resulting from the Wholesale Success training events held in Charleston, Columbia and Clemson in 2016. The 2017 training builds upon the previous events to guide participants in developing skills that are key to success in the marketplace, including post-harvest handling, cooling, packing, buyer-seller relationships, contracts, grade standards and more. As part of the classroom session the instructor will guide participants through a postharvest design process for their individual operations, and the workshops will conclude with an on-farm demonstration and critique of an existing produce processing line (CREC and Clemson farms). Seats are limited and pre-registration is required (see below).
9AM – 4:45PM
Monday, November 6th 2017 – Charleston, SC**
Coastal Research & Education Center, 2700 Savannah Hwy.
**Please note: A Grower Training Course on Produce Safety and the Food Safety Modernization Act will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2017 at the Charleston location. Please contact Kelly Flynn for details (email@example.com)
Thursday, November 9th 2017- Clemson, SC
Madren Conference Center, 230 Madren Center Dr.
INSTRUCTOR: Atina Diffley, is an organic farmer and lead trainer for the FamilyFarmed Wholesale Success Program. Atina’s areas of expertise include post-harvest handling, brand-name marketing, greenhouse management, and organic farming systems. She is a co-author author/editor for Wholesale Success: A Farmers Guide to Selling, Postharvest Handling and Packing Produce, and she presently serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance and the Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture. From 1985 to 2008, she and her husband Martin ran the Gardens of Eagan, an urban-edge, organic vegetable farm, which he started in 1973 as one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.
|8:30||Welcome and Introduction|
|8:50||Respiration, Temperature, and Quality Loss
– Initial Process Diagram: field to box postharvest processes
|10:15||Postharvest Processes & Packing Shed Design|
|1:00PM||Packing Standards and Grades|
|2:45||Short drive to on-site produce processing facilities|
|3:00||Demonstration: Produce Handling and Processing with Q&A|
COST: This workshop will be provided at NO COST thanks to special grant funding from the USDA Southern SARE Professional Development Program. Seating is LIMITED. Registration is required. The training includes a Wholesale Success manual*, instruction, and lunch.
*This 316 page manual is newly updated and in its fifth printing. Wholesale Success covers up-to-date best practices information on food safety, postharvest handling, packing, business management, marketing, and crop-specific profiles for over 100 crops.
REGISTRATION: Seats are limited. (40 in Clemson and 60 in Charleston). Pre-registration is required. Register at: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=2944&SINGLESTORE=true
QUESTIONS: Contact Kelly Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Midlands Food Alliance
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