Robert Hadad of NOFA-NY and Cornell Vegetable Program will be hosting a workshop and teaching how to design, build and operate a small-scale, DIY post-harvest handling system on March 9 from 9:30am – 12:30 pm at Lakestone Family Farm in Shortsville, NY.

This workshop will focus on the trifecta of good washing and handling-food safety, maintaining high quality and efficiency, and affordability for new and small growers. The session starts with a discussion and hands-on demonstration of how to design and set-up wash lines, tables, and packing shed, with a focus on safe and efficient product flow to separate “dirty” field harvested produce from the washed and “clean” final product.

Setting up standard operating practices covering a range of methods of washing produce, including dunking, spraying, and aerating, as well as the why and how of using organic sanitizers will be the next session. This session finishes with an examination of clean-up procedures and post-harvest handling considerations, including re-cooling, packing, and storage.

Register online, or contact Stephanie Bertsch to register and pay at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509.