Conservation District Offers Farm Safety Program

The Van Buren Conservation District is offering southwest Michigan farmers a way to help ensure their produce is safer. It says Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety is working with fresh produce farms on a voluntary and confidential basis to help create a food safety culture on the farm. Interested growers can connect with Michigan On-Farm Produce Safety via their local conservation district. The organization can conduct a risk assessment to help the farm gain a better understanding of their operation and give them additional confidence. If a farm completes the assessment, they get a certificate that could be used at the farm stand, the farmers market, or any point of purchase to help consumers identify farms that are adopting a food safety culture. Any grower interested in getting that extra level of safety verification can contact the Van Buren Conservation District.