Food Safety on the Farm

If you're a farmer looking to work with schools, there are two important things to know. First, your farm needs the appropriate level of liability coverage. What a school or school district may require varies depends. Usually the amount is between $1 million- $4 million in coverage. Please click here for a listing of insurance firms speciallizing in product liability coverage on farms. 

Second, schools need verifiable food safety practices on their farms to keep themselves and their students safe. Often called "Good Agricultural Practies" or GAP- GAP is defined as guidelines to ensure that field operations account for potential food safety issues. A typical GAP program addresses the food safety topics of site selection, adjacent land use, fertilizer usage, water sourcing and usage, pest control and pesticide monitoring, harvesting practices and food defense. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are developed and incorporated into the GAP program, providing guidance with respect to potential points for contamination and preventative or corrective measures to mitigate their effects.

 In order to assist growers in becoming GAP compliant Primus Labs offers the following documents free of charge.

GAP Documents

Food Safety Manual Development

Contacts that can help in the developing your food safety manual or becoming GAP compliant

 Each person listed has participated in the Primus Labs Local Farmer Food Safety Training Program.

 The Yolo County Department of Agriculture

    • Dennis Chambers - 530-666-8140
    • Elpidio Tijerino - 530-666-8140
    • Michelle Lawson - 530-666-8140

Yolo County Farm Bureau

    • Denise Sagara

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers

    • Cathy Carlson - 831-818-4109