The CFN Webinar Series

The CFN offers webinars on high priority food system and network development topics to share innovative approaches, key findings, & lessons learned in order to reduce duplication, leverage knowledge, & grow our collective capacity. Some webinars are followed by regionally-focused videoconferences so you can dig in deeper from the comfort of your office or home.


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There’s a great deal of work happening in the Mid-Atlantic to get more locally grown and raised food onto store shelves, into school meals, hospital cafeterias, etc. Farmers, food hubs, distributors, state departments of agriculture, local food advocates, and many more, continue to address barriers, and to test solutions, for broadening wholesale market opportunities for local food. At the same time, food safety federal regulations are changing, requiring a higher level of time and investment on farms selling into wholesale market channels to comply with new requirements. Adding to the confusion, not all buyers have the same requirements.

This two-part series, co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Local Food Distribution Work Group and the Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group (a partnership of Healthcare Without Harm and the Chesapeake Foodshed Network), will feature expert panelists, respondents (including farmers), and time for discussion. We will explore the basics of food safety laws impacting fruit and vegetable farmers, food hubs, and distributors – what are the new rules, when will they go into effect, what (broad) changes do they require for farms and facilities to come into compliance.  We will then explore more in-depth what the wholesale marketplace requires with respect to these rules and how local government, extension services, food hubs, and nonprofits have been working with farmers to help them obtain required certification.

Webinar Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basics of new food safety rules (GAP, FSMA, HAACP), timing of the rules, and impacts on farmers, hubs, distributors and other facilities.
  • Understand what the wholesale marketplace requires from farmers in terms of certifications, quality, packaging, etc.
  • Better understand food safety assistance resources for producers in the Mid-Atlantic region.

THANK YOU to all of our panelists for a great series!

Presenter Bio

CFN Co-Chair, Lindsay Gilmour, is the owner of Organic Planet LLC and plays two roles: as a personal chef, and as a food systems consultant. Gilmour has over 35 years experience in the food industry as a chef and adult educator specializing in healing foods, and 15 years in Value Chain Coordination working with farmers to develop efficiencies and systems to meet the demands of the wholesale marketplace. Her current focus is assisting farmers with food safety compliance with a particular interest and expertise in helping small-scale growers work together to achieve food safety certification as a group.

Lindsay Gilmour, Organic Plant LLC, Food Safety Consultant, CFN Co-Chair
Amber Vallotton, VA Cooperative Extension, Fresh Produce Food Safety Team Coordinator & Extension Specialist
Rohan Tikekar, Ph.D., College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, Assistant Professor
Becky Howe, Weaver’s Orchard, Food Safety Director
Allison Blansfield, Sweetgreen, Value Chain Coordinator
Adam Watson, Appalachian Sustainable Development, Compliance & Grower Manager
Steve Ferguson, WellSpan York Hospital, Food & Nutrition Services Mgr.

Lindsay Smith, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Regional Food Systems Value Chain Coordinator
Kristen Markley, Healthcare without Harm, Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group
Brian Moyer, Penn St. Extension, Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group

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“This was a great webinar with some great new ideas! I have sat in on many many webinars and usually it is a lot of ideas I have heard or are already using. There were really good, unique things happening here and I was thrilled to hear about them.”
– Webinar Participant, “Learning the ABC’s of Farm2Childcare”