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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 the garden as possible on the downhill side of the garden – don’t use raw manure in compost, ensure the compost is heated to 130 degrees for 5 days prior to using it 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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