Tools and guidelines for developing effective food safety practices on the farm.
Good Agricultural Practices Decision Making Tree (Cornell University)
Decision trees, sample log sheets and worker training materials for 9 key areas: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training; Land Use; Soil Amendments; Wildlife and Animal Management; Agricultural Water for Production; Postharvest Water; Sanitation and Postharvest Handling; Traceability; and Transportation.
California Small Farm Food Safety Guidelines (CDFA)
Recommended practices from the CA Department of Food and Agriculture. A simple, easy to use checklist.
Small Farm Program Food Safety website (University of CA Davis)
A comprehensive list of Good Agricultural Practices audit checklists, fact sheets, resources and links.
Agricultural Water Testing Guidelines (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition)
This site provides an explanation of the water testing regulations proposed in the Food Safety Modernization Act. (Not sure if your farm will be affected by the FSMA? This guide should help: Who is Affected? )
Water Testing Labs
We recommend calling the laboratory you choose to work with to receive specific instructions on sampling procedures and pick-up/delivery. Each laboratory should provide you with sampling containers, instructions and forms.
Remember that you should request a quantified generic E. coli test for irrigation water; wash water (potable water used in post-harvest handling) just needs a presence/absence test since it cannot have any E. coli in it. See our Water Testing Guidelines in our Producer Manual for more detailed guidance.
3860 Morrow Lane, Suite F, Chico, CA 95928
Phone: (530) 894 8966
Cranmer Analytical Laboratory
1188 East Main Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Diamond Water Laboratory
1660 Old Airport Road, Auburn, CA 95602
Excelchem Environmental Laboratories, Inc.
1135 West Sunset Boulevard, Suite A, Rocklin, CA 95765
Placer County Public Health Laboratory
11475 C Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603
California Laboratory Services
3249 Fitzgerald Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Phone: (800) 638-7301
Sacramento Microbiology Lab
3140 Gold Camp Drive #160, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670