Whether purchasing from a local gardener, or starting your own garden, keep a few food safety questions in mind:
where is the garden located;
what type of fertilizer is used;
what is the water source;
is the garden and surrounding area properly maintained; and,
is the produce harvested safely?
Local gardeners and produce customers should understand that whether
it is a 1,000-acre commercial operation, or a small 10’ x 10’ plot of
land in one’s backyard, the principles of safe gardening remain the
same. The grower must prevent the produce from being contaminated.
Remember: food safe from farm to fork – even if it’s a small farm.
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