Safe and Stable Kaua‘i Farms Initiative

Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 17th, so APPLY TODAY!

Find out how this program can assist your farm:

  • July 27, 28 & 29th – Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training; followed by On-Farm Assessment, Water Testing, & Grant Program Eligibility in Aug/Sept
  • Aug 5, 6, & 7th – Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training; followed by On-Farm Assessment, Water Testing, & Grant Program Eligibility in Aug/Sept
  • Sept. – Advanced Workshop: Infrastructure Requirements
  • Sept./Oct. – Advanced Workshop: Record-keeping & Traceability
  • Oct. – Advanced Workshop: Employee Training
  • Nov. – Advanced Workshop: Worker Protection Standards Training

1. Attend a PSA Grower Training

Hosted by CTAHR faculty, two Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings will be offered to Kauai Farmers. This is important to all farms, as Federal FSMA regulations require this training be completed by at least one person from the management team at each non-exempt farm which produces fresh fruits or vegetables covered by the Produce Safety Rule and grosses ≥$25,000 in annual sales. This 8-hour training covers a standardized curriculum to provide a fundamental baseline knowledge of farm food safety regulation and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

Topics covered include:

  • Worker health, hygiene, and training
  • Soil amendments
  • Wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use
  • Agricultural water for production and post-harvest
  • Post-harvest handling and sanitation
  • Developing a farm food safety plan

In addition, PSA training will include on-farm food safety assessment and expert recommendations made specifically for your farm operation. This will help you reach wholesale grocery and institutional markets based on the required food safety standards.

If you have already completed PSA training, you are still eligible for on-farm food safety assessment and technical assistance services!

2. Apply for a Reimbursement Grant

Once you have completed your on-farm assessment, and PSA training, apply for a Reimbursement grant to increase your food safety, business practices, and access new wholesale and direct to consumer markets! Eligible costs include:

  • Food Safety Enhancements – Ex. water filtration and treatment systems, hand washing sinks, produce washing stations, rented bathroom facilities, refrigeration units / cold storage solutions, compliant harvesting bins, additional food safety training and/or certifications for staff, labeling equipment, or other needs based on assessment recommendations
  • Business & Technology Needs – Ex. increased insurance policy coverage, website development, CSA management software, bookkeeping and accounting applications, printer/router or other business technology supplies (including set-up/installation)

3. Participate in GAP Workshops and Technical Assistance Services

Ensure your farm is prepared to meet Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) standards by establishing a water quality baseline, through free water sampling, or attend a workshop to learn about Infrastructure Requirements (proper restrooms, hand washing stations), Employee Training, Record Keeping, WPS Training, and Traceability to build on the fundamentals covered in the PSA training.  North Shore EVP will be offering the services listed above, as well as provide GAP coaching to farmers seeking certification preparation!

Applications must be submitted by Friday, July 17th, so APPLY TODAY!