Safe Produce

Welcome to the Safe Produce online food safety training for:

  • Iowa GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) program
  • Farmers' Markets
  • University Farms
  • School Gardens

Fresh vegetables for sale at farmers' market     School garden with a sign labeling these crops as grown by the Third Grade class
No matter what kind of garden or farm you have, following food safety guidelines is essential.  While helpful, the online trainings for school/university gardens and farmers’ markets are not a substitute for the full eight-hour GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) course.  That course is recommended for farmers serving multiple venues, farmers' market managers, and farm instructors.

Not sure which is the the best training to start with?  We’re here to help you make informed, safe decisions!  Contact us at  

indoor training session     







The Produce Safety Rule of the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.  The rule provides guidance for:

  • Agricultural Water
  • Biological Soil Amendments
  • Sprouts
  • Domesticated and Wild Animals
  • Worker Training and Hygiene
  • Equipment, Tools, and Buildings


Some exemptions exist for small farms and those who sell directly to certain groups.  However, even exempt growers must provide documentation of their exemption.  Find out if you are covered by FSMA by consulting one of these flowcharts.
Produce coverage flow chart color.pdf     FSMA flow chart part 1 as a pdf.pdf


Read the Produce Safety Rule on the FDA website.

The Produce Safety Alliance offers resources and information about trainings (that are held here in Iowa).


The North Central Region Center for FSMA Training (based at Iowa State) offers guidance and training for Midwest growers and processors. 

North Central Region Center for FSMA Training, Extension, and Technical Assistance

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