Food Safety Education for Students and Workers in School Gardens and University Farms

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Journal of Extension, Vol: 54, Issue: 1, Page: 1

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Dzubak, John; Shaw, Angela; Strohbehn, Catherine; Naeve, Linda
food safety training; good agricultural practices; school gardens; university farms; fresh produce
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The number of school gardens and university farms is increasing in the United States. Produce grown in these venues is often sampled in the classroom or incorporated into the food chain. Food safety education for students and workers is needed to ensure that produce is safe. Two 1-hr food safety curricula were developed to inform K–12 students and university farm researchers and workers about good agricultural practices. The validated curricula include four or five short video modules, activities, instructor/facilitator lesson plans, knowledge assessment quizzes, and instructor manuals. Piloting results indicated that participants increased food safety knowledge after viewing these curricula.