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Post Harvest Handling with Atina Diffley



Success for produce farmers requires good postharvest practices to preserve quality and shelf life, and an understanding of postharvest food safety practices to minimize risks. Led by Atina Diffley, you will learn how to ensure your produce is safe and compliant with FSMA Produce Rule regulations. This workshop will include examples and discussion of cost-effective and scale appropriate postharvest systems and short videos from working farms for group discussion.

In the afternoon, the workshop will travel a few miles to visit PrairiErth Farm's wash and pack facility. Run by Hans and Katie Bishop, this farm and its leadership team were named the 2017 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year.

Participants also receive a copy of FamilyFarmed's new book, Direct Market Success: A Farmer's Guide to farmers market, CSA, farmstand, online and restaurant sales, a $70 value included with your registration! 

Topics Covered: 
- Postharvest Handling
- Designing Your Packing Shed
- Cold Chain Managment
- Maximizing Produce Shelf Life

Morning workshop with Atina Diffley: Palms Grill 110 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723
Afternoon farm tour: PrairIErth Farm 2047 County Road, 2100th St, Atlanta, IL 61723

March 30, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm

How Much:
$20, includes lunch and a complimentary copy of the new book Direct Market Success: A Farmer's Guide to farmers market, CSA, farmstand, online and restaurant sales, a $70 value.

Atina Diffley is an organic farmer-educator, activist, and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works–a memoir based on Atina’s life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campaign against the notorious polluters, Koch Industries, to create an Organic Mitigation Plan for organic farms in Minnesota.Subscribe to Atina’s on-line blog at

Awards and Recognitions
2013 Minnesota Book Award, Memoir and Creative Non-fiction | Friends Of The Saint Paul Public Library
2008 Successful Farmer of the Year || EcoFarm (California)
2008 Lawsuit of the Year || Minnesota Law and Politics || December 2008
2007 Cooperate for Community Award || National Cooperative Grocer Association
2004 Organic Farmer of the Year || Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
2004 New Initiative Farmer of the Year  || Dakota County MN

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