New Study Focuses on Food Safety Practices on Small and Medium-Size Farms

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources students are conducting a 12-month study on small and medium-sized commercial farms in order to identify food safety best practices. These organic and conventional farms sell directly to consumers at farmers markets and farm stands. Raising livestock and growing produce on the same farm presents certain challenges from a food safety perspective. The study was conducted to formulate and implement scale-appropriate approaches to reduce the risk of pathogen contamination in family farms, while still keeping them efficient and economically viable. UCANR researchers will visit the California farms and collect samples of produce, water, compost, and livestock waste for bacteria testing. The findings will be posted anonymously and shared with agricultural community through workshops and training sessions.

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