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  • Grower Produce Safety Course (April 2017)


    Various dates in March and April 2017.  Please see the website below.


    • Hart - March 16, 2017 - Hart United Methodist Church, 3808 S. State Street, Hart, MI 49420
    • Kent - April 3, 2017 - Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Traverse City -  April 4, 2017 - MSU Northwest Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
    • Marquette - April 6, 2017 - Marquette Township Hall, 1000 Commerce Drive, Marquette, MI 49855


    Michigan State University Extension will host the Food and Drug Administration-authorized Produce Safety Alliance Grower Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) certification course at various locations. The following required modules will be offered:

    • Introduction to Produce Safety
    • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
    • Soil Amendments
    • Wildlife, Domestic Animals, and Land Use
    • Agricultural Water
    • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
    • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program


    Applicants attend classes in their county.


    The Michigan Master Gardener Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program offered by MSU Extension. It provides home gardening information to Michigan citizens through a network of trained volunteers. An interest in plants, a personal commitment to volunteerism, and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge with others are the only prerequisites. Applicants attend classes in their county, learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally sound gardening practices. They then provide volunteer leadership and service to their community through a variety of gardening-related activities. The program objectives are to provide instruction in basic horticultural science to motivated active gardeners and to provide MSU Extension with trained volunteers who will provide timely, accurate information to the public in the rapidly expanding area of home horticulture.

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