This site was developed by a group of nonprofit, academic and government partners dedicated to food safety for Michigan produce growers. If you have additional questions beyond what is listed on the Frequently Asked Questions page, please contact one of the partners below.
Partners in this work include:
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)
MDARD hosted a committee of educators from across the state to evaluate the needs of farms and buyers of fresh produce in Michigan. Jointly they have produced a self-audit tool for growers to evaluate their current level of food safety and provide recommendations to improve the safety of their produce. This tool does not replace a third party audit but provides background to the farmer of how to improve the safety of the produce harvested from that farm.
This self-audit tool was developed to promote farmers to voluntarily recognize safe food practices and implement them on their farms. This self-audit tool was developed to assist any Michigan grower of fresh market fruits and vegetables who is not currently seeking a certified food safety farm audit. This tool was developed to be farm scale-appropriate, and will mitigate food safety risks to benefit both growers and consumers, as well as the small farm/locally grown food community.
C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University (MSU)
The C. S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU engages communities in applied research and outreach to promote sustainable food systems. The group’s goal is to improve access and availability of locally produced food. Morrone assists organic farmers and new farmers by providing tools and information on farm management and certification.
Since its beginning, Michigan Extension has focused on bringing knowledge-based educational programs to the people of the state to improve their lives and communities. Today, county-based staff members, in concert with on-campus faculty members, serve every county with programming focused on agriculture and natural resources; children, youth and families; and community and economic development. MSU Extension has held a variety of workshops of food safety for growers and consumers, as well as resources like the Agrifood Safety Workgroup Web site.
Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)
MIFFS is a statewide, membership-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help small and medium-sized farms operate profitably, produce healthy food for all people and protect the environment for future generations. MIFFS has heldGAP food safety trainings for small farmers for the past three years, as well as hosting the annual "Meet the Buyers" networking event at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market Expo that connects produce growers to retail and wholesale buyers.