Mar 17, 2011


March 30 Workshop: Post-Harvest Handling, Food Safety and GAPs

As the demand for local and organic food has exploded in the last five years, so has the expectation on the part of consumers and institutional buyers for clean produce that lasts on the shelf and in the refrigerator. At the same time, institutions have begun demanding food safety assurances, and now the Food Safety Modernization Act has opened the door for FDA regulation of the production and handling of fresh vegetables and produce.

Join Rock Spring Farm's Chris Blanchard for a review of post harvest handling practices, and the methods developed at Rock Spring Farm for meeting the documentation and record-keeping requirements of the GAPs audit process in a way that flows with the work on the farm, rather than existing as a separate set of tasks and requirements.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Workshop begins at 9 a.m. Workshop concludes at 4:45 p.m.
Location: Dreher Family 4-H Building, (next door to the Extension office), 2110 Harper St, Lawrence.

Questions? Contact us at 785-843-7058
Details and brochure download available here.

April 2 Workshop: How to Build a High Tunnel

Learn how to build a high tunnel by helping to construct one! This workshop will be held Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dan and Mary Howell’s Farmstead, located at 1723 Wildcat Road, about 7 miles southwest of Frankfort, Ks. Bring a lawn chair, cordless drill and dress for work. This is a day of hands-on construction!

The workshop will be led by Dan Nagengast, Executive Director of the Kansas Rural Center. K-State Research and Extension Vegetable & Fruit Crop Specialist Cary Rivard will discuss growing crops in a high tunnel during lunch.

Registration is free and lunch is provided, but you must pre-register by April 1. Call the Glacial Hills RC&D to pre-register at: (785) 945-6292.

Directions: Take Hwy 9 west out of Frankfort about 5 miles; turn left at 17th Road; take the first left onto Wildcat Road. The Howell’s are located about 1/4 mile east.

The workshop is sponsored by the following organizations: Kansas Rural Center, K-State Research and Extension, K-State SARE and Glacial Hills RC&D.

Kansas City Food Circle’s 13th Annual ‘Eat Local’ Farmers Expo

Kick off the spring season with the first harvests of the year! The Kansas City Food Circle’s 13th annual “Eat Local! Expos” brings you local and organic produce, meats, eggs, seedlings and farmers market information. Learn about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), pick up a free directory of local, organic producers and attend how-to workshops.

The expos will be on two successive Saturdays. Admission and parking are free.

Saturday, March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Roger T. Sermon Community Center, Truman & Nolan Rd., Independence, MO; and
Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Shawnee Civic Center, 13817 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS

Go to for more information.

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