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Food Safety for Wholesale and Retail Producers

Food Safety for Wholesale and Retail Producers
February 23rd and February 25th
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Food Safety

• Good Agricultural Practices
• Good Hygiene Practices
• Food Safety Manager Certification

This two day course will provide attendees the demonstrated knowledge they will need to prepare for an inspection by the USDA, FDA or state and local authorities. The material covered will be good agricultural practices, good hygiene practices, HACCP, facilities design, microorganisms, food safety practices and sanitation. In addition to the training, the application process will be covered in order to apply for licensing. Students will receive a 1GB flash drive that contains all applicable federal, state and local laws. At the end of the class, a ServSafe Manager exam will be given for certification.


Optional: Servsafe Food Manager 6th Addition $50.00

Optional Illinois FSSMC is available for a $35 fee made out to the Illinois Department of Public Heath.

Required materials:
#2 Pencil
Paper for notes
Photo ID
Instructor Sheri Saskowski is a credentialed food safety and sanitation instructor, certified by the National Environmental Health Association, ServSafe, the State of Illinois, and more. Additional qualifications she has obtained include the Certified Professional of Food Safety (CP-FS) credential by the National Environmental Health Association and certifications by Cornell University in Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Produce Safety. She currently provides ServSafe Manager and ServSafe Handler courses in the Quad Cities and is a Contracted Food Safety Instructor by Northeast Iowa Community College in Dubuque.

SCENE LogoThis program made possible, in part,
by a grant to EICCD from the
U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services
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January 31st: National Seed Swap Day


SeedSwapDaylogoQCFH Seed Swap Day

January 31, 2015 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Quad Cities Food Hub

The first annual Washington Gardener Seed Exchange was held on January 26, 2006. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating National Seed Swap Day each year on the last Saturday in January.

Join us at QCFH when we host our 3rd annual seed swap on Saturday, January 31st. Local seed saving gardeners and farmers, including Heilmann Hawkeye Acres’ Cindy Heilmann; and Healthy Harvest’s Chad Summers will be on hand to share their knowledge and answer questions.        

Stay tuned for details!

SCENE LogoGarden Series and related events made possible, in part, by a grant to EICCD from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services

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January 15th – March 26: Small Farm Webinar Series

Small Farm Webinar Series

Thursday afternoons beginning January 15, 2015 University of Illinois Small Farm Webinar Series – a weekly educational series for the small farm community and provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability.Webinars air live each Thursday at 1:00 – 2:30 pm and include a question and answer session. If you cannot log in to your computer at the time of the webinar, a link to the recorded webinars will be available to view at your convenience for all those who register.

Jan. 15, 2015 No-till culture for Peppers & Tomatoes
Recorded Webinar:
Jan. 22, 2015 Growing Hops for Market
Recorded Webinar:

Jan. 29, 2015 Potato Production
Feb. 5, 2015 Sweet Corn Production
Feb. 12, 2015 Perennial Crops for Small Farms
Feb. 19, 2015 Understanding Insecticides
Feb. 26, 2015 Blueberry Production
Mar. 5, 2015 Hydroponics
Mar. 12, 2015 Effective Farmers Market Displays
Mar. 19, 2015 Veggie Compass Record-Keeping Software
Mar. 26, 2015 Variety Selection & Rootstocks for Establishing Apple Orchards

Iniversity of Illinois Extension

January 24th: Seed Saving

Learn how to save your own seeds!

Join us Saturday morning, January 24th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM when QCFH hosts expert seed saver Glenn Drowns of Sand Hill Preservation Center, located in Calamus, Iowa.
Seed Swap 11:00 – 1:00.  Also on hand to answer questions will be area seed saving  gardeners and farmers, Heilmann Hawkeye Acres’ Cindy Heilmann; Quad Cities Edible Landscape founder, Chris Rice; and Healthy Harvest’s Chad Summers.

To learn more about Sand Hill Preservation Center:

Quad Cities Edible Landscape:

Quad City Food Forest:

*This event will take place in the main level community space located next to Freight House Farmers Market.

UP NEXT January 31st: Celebrate National Seed Swap Day at the Quad Cities Food Hub!

SCENE LogoGarden Series and related events made possible, in part, by a grant to EICCD from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Saturday, January 24th, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00)
Davenport Freight House, 421 W. River Dr., Davenport, IA

Join us for a night of entertainment and support QC Food Hub programs!

•$80 per table – 8 players per table
•10 Rounds of 10 Questions Each
•1st place $160 – 2nd place $80


Food Available
Refreshments from the Community Kitchen and Local Market Store
Stop in to Front Street Brewery for a beer


*Please no outside beverages allowed

Reserve your table in advance to guarantee a spot!

To register a team or for more information stop in to QCFH Local Market store or call 563-265-2455