In response to food safety issues in recent years, FamilyFarmed.org and a broad coalition of food safety leaders have developed the On-Farm Food Safety Project, a comprehensive national program that offers farmers, food safety professionals and agricultural extension specialists technical assistance to develop risk-based food safety programs. The On-Farm Food Safety Project website includes a free, easy-to-use on-line tool, which generates customized on-farm food safety plans based on user input. The tool is based on Harmonized GAP standards developed by United Fresh and industry partners. This tool has been specifically designed for small and mid-scale produce growers to provide them with a full set of record keeping tools to document their food safety program and to provide training to their employees.
The tool now forms part of the basis for our Wholesale Success Program. It has also been translated into Spanish. The Spanish language version of the tool was premiered as part of a bilingual farmer training initiative with GrowNYC/Greenmarket in April 2013.