Each year, MVSFGA has two twilight meetings. A twilight meeting is hosted at a member's farm. The host provides a tour, and provides more insight into how their business works. These meetings also serve as a time for Extension to fill us in on the latest updates on their end. The first meeting happens in the spring, the second in the fall.
June 6th, 2023
September 13th, 2023
5:30pm Chick's Apple and Berry Farm
Hygienic Equipment Design for Vegetable Growers
10am-3pm, Bell Farms
This workshop is hosted by Chris Callahan, UVM Extension Associate Professor: Agricultural Engineering; the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF); the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; and Bell Farms.
We will be working with a green bean sorter, harvest totes and worktables, and possibly a potato wash/pack line. Bring a chair if you don’t want to sit on pallets. Bring a clipboard. Dress for packing house temperatures of around 55F.
10:00 – Sanitation issues for vegetable crops with Robson Machado, University of Maine
10:45 – Hygienic design evaluation and checklist, and introduction to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for produce safety with Chris Callahan, University of Vermont
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Small group hands-on evaluation of equipment utilizing the checklist and considering using an SOP with Chris Callahan, Robson Machado, and Lindsay Werner (DACF).
2:00 – Full group discussion
3:00 – Adjourn