Efficiency and food safety are integral parts of running a profitable and viable farm, producing high-quality produce, and retaining valuable employees. This integration should start with a vision in the planning stage of all postharvest projects.
Planning with efficiency and safety in mind ensures that growers “own” their systems and spend time and attention where it counts. This will help create systems and infrastructure that support business goals, markets, and production style. This ownership and planning are key to implementation success.
Focus areas of efficiency and food safety include flow, buildings, infrastructure, equipment, tools, and produce safety planning. Each of these topics will be explored below.