Upcoming webinars to focus on food safety, determining prices and hiring


PENINSULA, Ohio — Countryside Conservancy announces the next webinars in the two-year long monthly series aimed at specialty crop growers.

“Ten Steps to Food Safety” will be presented  from 7-8:30 p.m. March 28. Chris Blanchard of Rock Spring Farm and Flying Rutabaga Works in Iowa will share pragmatic steps for incorporating food safety practices on your farm. Practices that minimize microbial contamination can easily be incorporated on any farm regardless of scale.
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1116158582509220096

Market ready

Additionally, Countryside Conservancy is partnering With OSU Extension March 26 for a “Market Ready” training. The day-long workshop will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Hines Hill Conference Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, Ohio, and outlines the preparation needed to tap into various local markets, from farmers markets to grocers to restaurants to distributors and wholesalers.


The fees are $75 for the first individual of a farm or business and $25 for any subsequent individuals from the same business. This workshop is presented in partnership with OSU Extension, ACENet and other MarketMaker partners.

For registration information contact Beth Knorr at Countryside Conservancy at farmersmarket@cvcountrysid.org or visit Countryside’s website at cvcountryside.org, 330-657-2542.

Other webinars

What’s It Worth? Setting Profitable Prices for Multiple Outlets is another webinar scheduled for April 24 from 7-8:30 pm. Chris Blanchard will discuss pricing strategies to meet your customer needs and your farm’s bottom line.
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6215202030463309056

And on May 23, a final webinar will be offered from 7-8:30 p.m., discussing farm labor and employees. Tom Green, attorney with Kastner, Westman & Wilkins will discuss what you need to have in place before you make the first hire. Learn the differences between laws for employees, contractors and apprentices so you can make the appropriate choice when the time comes.

To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8810354036822273536

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