The MOFFA Annual Winter Meeting is February 16, 2013, at the MD Dept. of Agriculture Bldg., Annapolis MD it will run from 8 to 5. The event includes a panel in the afternoon, from 1:40 to2:40 p.m., to discuss the new FDA Food Safety Rules, and what they mean for small, local, and organic farmers. Click here to find more details about MOFFA Annual Winter Meeting.
What will new FDA Food Safety Rules mean for small, local, and organic farmers?
Find out how the proposed rules could affect your growing, harvesting, on farm processing and post-harvesting handling practices. Find out what new labeling and record keeping requirements you may have to meet for sales on farm, at farmers markets, and to retailers and wholesalers. Learn about exemptions from certain requirements.
Ariane Lotti, Assistant Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Mike Tabor, Licking Creek Bend Farm, Needmore PA and Takoma Park, MD
Deanna Baldwin, Program Manager, Food Quality Assurance, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Ariane coordinates NSAC’s policy campaigns including organic and food safety issues.
She holds a B.A. and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. She has served as the Policy Director for the Organic Farming Research Foundation. She is a published author, and has worked on and conducted research on organic and conventional farms in the US and Europe.
Since 1972, Michael Tabor has been producing local fresh food for DC area residents of mixed income groups using organic methods. Mike has also been active in many causes to advance environmental and social justice, including access to healthy local food for inner city populations.
Deanna is responsible for the Maryland Organic Certification Program as well as other grading and certification programs, including Fruit and Vegetable Grading, Egg Grading, and Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices Certification. Deanna has a broad perspective on issues of food safety and local and organic production practices across Maryland.