An intensive one-day workshop on farm food safety will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Valley City and Thursday, May 2 in Bottineau. A follow-up webinar will be included in the course materials with additional information on North Dakota Farm to School opportunities, insurance and marketing using your plan.


Selling locally grown fruits and vegetables to schools, grocery stores and restaurants can be an enormous economic boost to your CSA, farmers market or direct farm sales. Food safety issues can be a stumbling block to making those sales. Producers have a responsibility to minimize the potential for contamination of products. This can best be accomplished by a few good farm food safety policies and practices.


After this intensive one-day Food Safety Plan Workshop producers will have the tools to document, plan and approach food safety on your farm; and an opportunity to write your own Food Safety Plan with the staff from the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture and Dakota College in Bottineau and FARRMS in Medina. A certificate of completion will be offered to students successfully completing the course work. This can be an invaluable tool when selling to institutions and schools.


Space is limited, so register early. Tuition is $100 with a special reduced tuition of $40 for producers willing to commit to Farm to School week or Farm to School month activities. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for a certificate of completion at a reduced rate.


For more information or to download the brochure and registration blank, visit or call Sue Balcom at 701-527-5169 or email


The workshop April 18 will be held at Valley City State University and the Bottineau workshop will be held at Dakota College in Bottineau. Lunch is on your own in Valley City and $6.50 at Dakota College in Bottineau. There will also be a high tunnel/greenhouse tour of the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture in Bottineau. Assignments and details will be provided to individuals after registration is received.