SAFF workshop on food safety Feb. 13

From Southern Appalachian Family Farms:

Southern Appalachian Family Farms will be hosting #4 of a series of workshops for farmers, market vendors or interested persons in agriculture at no cost.

February 13, 2014 – Food Safety For Producers & Farmer Markets
Regulations and compliance by Susan Parrish, NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Guest speakers – Debra Sloan NCDA&CS
Kathryn Sellers – Mountain Wise

Held at the NC Cooperative Extension Service Office – Clay County
Second Thursday of the months November 2013 through March 2014
36 Davis Loop #1, Hayesville, NC 28904

Please call Julie to pre-register and if you have any lunch restrictions 828-389-6305

9:00am – 9:30 Registration & Coffee
9:30am – 10:30 Session A
10:30am – 10:45 Break
10:45am – 12:00 Session B
12:00pm – 1:00 Lunch & Speakers
1:00pm – 2:00 Networking

The mission of the Southern Appalachian Family Farms (SAFF) is to preserve the agricultural heritage of rural Western North Carolina by developing both local and alternative sustainable markets to provide opportunities for our area farmers to utilize their land in more profitable ventures through access to resources, education and networking efforts.

SAFF is a farmer-led and managed marketing organization. The primary focus is to create a diverse marketing program to sell fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit, meats and other agricultural products, including value-added products. Sales will be directly to the end-user by using the internet, farmer markets, restaurant merchants, local venues and individual consumers; providing locally produced safe and wholesome food products.

You can join the organization for $20.00 and network with fellow enthusiasts sharing ideas. Visit our website at

SAFF 2013 – 2014 projects will be member Know Your Farmer – Know Your Food Expo March 22, ‘Far West Farm Tour June 27-28, Farm Fest July 24-26, supporting four local farmers markets, partner retail consignment outlets, SAFF member farm stores, Ag Day September 27 in Hayesville and cooperative marketing. A new Web-store will debut in 2014 on

Next workshop:
March 13, 2014 – Producer Session
I raised, grew or produced it, now how do I sell it?
An open forum session summarizing the workshops and a session of a panel led by farmers sharing success stories and hard lessons learned.
Guest speaker – Matthew Gutierrez – Carolina Farm Credit
Cameron Farlow, Land Access Coordinator – WNC Farm Link


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