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Food Safety and Food Preservation

Summary of Key areas to address

  1. Site Selection – Learn the Site History (official and community knowledge)
  2. Hand washing – Soap and Clean Running Water and Dry with Single Use Towel or wear single use gloves to harvest
  3. Water – Use treated water source
  4. Compost – Put the bin as far from garden as possible on the downhill side of the garden – don’t use raw manure in compost, ensure compost is heated to 130 degrees for 5 days prior to using in the garden
  5. Animals – Fence animals out.
  6. Sanitation & Tools – use one use gloves to harvest, put harvest in clean, sanitized containers.

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Lucy Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lucy BradleyUrban Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist Call Dr. Lucy Email Dr. Lucy Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
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