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Field to Fork Webinar Dates Set

FREE webinars will be held every Wednesday from February 24 to April 27.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is launching a webinar series Feb. 24 to provide information about growing, transporting, processing and preserving specialty-crop fruits and vegetables safely.

The “Field to Fork Wednesday Weekly Webinars” will begin Feb. 24. They’ll be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Central Standard Time through April 27.

The webinars are free of charge.

Topics that will be covered are:

  • Feb. 24: How the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act will affect you
  • March 2: Using high tunnels to extend the growing season
  • March 9: 10 steps to a fantastic garden and an introduction to square-foot gardening
  • March 16: How to grow berries in North Dakota and highlights from NDSU’s Williston Research Extension Center
  • March 23: Manure, greenhouses and food safety
  • March 30: How small businesses can avoid being the best-kept secret
  • April 6: Safe food handling during processing and selling local foods
  • April 13: Facts and myths about food preservation
  • April 20: Food safety inspections and audit requirements for producers
  • April 27: What to know about food labels, ingredients and allergens

Presenters will be NDSU personnel and special guests. The webinars will be held on Blackboard Collaborate. The Field to Fork website ( has a link to register for the webinars.

This project is made possible with funding from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

For more information, visit NDSU Extension’s new, comprehensive Field to Fork website or contact Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist, at (701) 231-7187 or

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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