In this episode we visit Urban Tilth, a community-based organization in Richmond, California. We learn about the organization’s mission and programs to cultivate agriculture and build a more sustainable, healthy and just food system in West Contra Costa County. One of the farm managers, Debora Supinski, describes their year-long journey to formalize food safety practices through writing a food safety plan and SOPs. Listeners can look forward to hearing about the farm’s approach to volunteer management, maintaining food safety across the farm and distribution and efficiencies behind their wash and pack station.
- Urban Tilth website: https://urbantilth.org/
- More about the North Richmond Farm: https://urbantilth.org/grow/the-farm-today/
- Urban Tilth Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urbantilth/
- Planning an Efficient and Safe Wash/Pack Area from University of Vermont: https://blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/2020/02/09/planning-an-efficient-and-safe-wash-pack-area/
- Designing Your Wash Pack Station for Food Safety Webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgx-ojjb5S4
- CAFF’s Food Safety Templates (including SOP and recordkeeping templates): https://caff.org/food-safety/food-safety-plan-templates/
- California Urban Agriculture Food Safety Guide: Laws and Standard Operating Procedures for Farming Safely in the City: https://escholarship.org/content/qt2wc7s0q1/qt2wc7s0q1.pdf?t=qod89d