A Winning Combination

Catherine Hamilton co-owner of Spider Hall Farm in Prince Frederick had a challenge: How to get local, fresh, and quality produce to their farm stand from the Eastern to the Western shore? They were proud to support the agritourism business by purchasing wholesale items from local farmers to showcase at their site. But, to do that, Catherine, had to spend five hours a month driving to the Eastern shore just to get tomatoes.

Over the winter, after seeing a post on Facebook, she reached out to Chesapeake Harvest. Could they help? With the support of the delivery service, Beat the Rush, she’s now able to keep the stand stocked with a variety of different produce items that she couldn’t before.

“Customers love the variety,” says Catherine, “with spring being slower than usual for produce, I’m still able to offer a variety of hydroponic produce that we don’t have over here. It is a win-win for everyone.”

 

Water, Water Everywhere: Food Safety For Farmers

Water: It is essential to the food supply, but at the same time, pathogens can easily spread through it. Knowing how to assess and manage this vital resource is critical to reducing produce safety risks.

We have another terrific food safety learning opportunity coming up on Monday, June 17th, this one in Loudoun County, VA. Join us for “Water, Water Everywhere,” the second of three on-farm workshops designed to increase understanding of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and Good Agricultural Practices.

In this module, we will conduct a water system assessment and explain water quality requirements, including potential sources of contamination and practical strategies to reduce risks. We’ll discuss how to maintain and monitor water quality and review water testing and treatment options, demonstrate taking a water sample, and learn about different irrigation systems. The session will begin at the Aldie Mill Historic Park. From there, we will caravan to Roundabout Meadows Community Farm, an initiative of the Piedmont Environmental Council. Farm Manager, Dana Melby and irrigation expert, David Giusti will join the conversation for demonstrations and information sharing, along with food safety educators, Lindsay Gilmour and Elizabeth Beggins.

This workshop is useful for both established farmers and beginning farmers looking to make food-safety compliant choices.

Learn more and register here

June 17, 2019, 12:30-4:30 PM

Aldie Mill Historic Park

39401 John Mosby Hwy, Aldie, VA 20105

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Roundabout Meadows Community Farm

Howsers Branch Dr, Stone Ridge, VA 20105

Organized by:

Chesapeake Harvest

Future Harvest CASA

Sponsored by:

USDA | NIFA

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Loudoun County Economic Development