Food Safety

Published in Organic Gardening

Having a Food Safe School Garden

Snacking and eating out in the garden is the best part about having a school garden!  In order to keep it all fun and games, and avoid any food related illnesses, be sure to look to both the Utah State Department of Health and the USDA tips for maintaining a food safe garden.  Basic food safety isn't too hard in the garden - it just takes a bit of extra precaution. Just like there are different rules for commercial kitchens, there are a few different rules for gardens that students are going to be eating out of.

Check out this video explaining all 12 of the rules and regulations that the Utah State Health Department recomends for School Gardens.

In addition to the video there is the USDA Food Safety Tips for School Gardens and the pdf12 Food Safety Tips from the Utah State Health Department (with "in practice" tips from Wasatch Community Gardens).