Concerned about recent food safety issues associated with fresh produce? Sara Runkel (OSU Extension) will help you understand how to minimize the risks related to specific edible garden practices such as composting, water sources, harvesting and more. You will learn practical tips that can be shared with community and school gardens and be better equipped to answer questions from the public.
- Oregon Department of Education School Garden Food Safety Training & Documentation Manual
- Iowa State University Elementary School Gardens Program
- Reducing Lead Hazard in Gardens and Play Areas EC1616 (available in English and Spanish)
- National Good Agricultural Practices Program at Cornell University
- Food safety resources for backyard farming from University of California Food Safety Program
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Food Safety
- Should I Worry about Heavy Metals in My Garden Soil?
- Compost specific resources: safe compost production, best practices, and how to minimize risk.https://gaps.cornell.edu/sites/gaps.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/assessment-sections/10-Compost-Use.pdf and Food Safety for school and community gardens from NC State Extension http://ucfoodsafety.ucdavis.edu/files/157441.pdf
- Food safety issues related to vermicomposting and parasites in tropical slugs & snails: https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/FST-41.pdf
- Information about cyanotoxins in water used for washing produce and for irrigation: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/HealthyEnvironments/DrinkingWater/Monitoring/HealthEffects/Pages/cyanotoxins.aspx
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