Many farmers will sell their produce at farmers markets, which is one way to get their produce into their community, support the local economy, and increase profits. The safety of produce is essential for their continued growth so consumers have confidence in their products.


This self-paced course will provide you the knowledge to understand the science and causes of foodborne illness, the best practices to decrease the risk of contaminating produce, and how to safely display and sell produce at the market.  This course is intended for produce growers and farmers market produce vendors.


Course Schedule:

The training will be self-paced and offered online via Canvas.



Lester Schonberger, Research Associate, FST

Sarah Sharpe, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Joell Eifert, Director of Food Innovations Program, FST

Renee Boyer, Professor and Extension Specialist, FST


Cost*: $5.00
Payment Methods: Credit Cards Only
Refund Policy: Refunds are not available for this program

* A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. For more information, please contact either of the course instructors: Lester Schonberger at hlschon@vt.edu or Renee Boyer at rraiden@vt.edu.    

What's Next?

Virginia Cooperative Extension utilizes Canvas to offer this online program. After registering for this program, you will receive a registration confirmation email with detailed instructions for accessing the Canvas platform. If you don't see a confirmation email, be sure to check your spam or junk folder.  You can also access the Canvas instructions here (use the back button on your browser to return to this page).


For more information about this program, please contact Lester Schonberger at hlschon@vt.edu or Renee Boyer at rraiden@vt.edu.     

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Section Title
Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce - Produce Growers/Farmers Market Produce Vendors (Virtual Program)
Course Fee non-credit $5.00
Section Notes

This course is intended for Produce Growers and Farmers Market Produce Vendors.

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