Produce Food Safety Training
Veterans are increasingly entering into agricultural careers. Many of the same attributes for success in farming are similar to the military including: a willingness to do hard work; the ability to adjust quickly when unforeseen circumstances occur; and discipline to get the job done. Being of service is also very important to Veterans. There is not a more noble mission than to feed our nation. Farming has also been a source of healing for many Veterans. Watching plants and animals grow reconnects one to the basic elements of life. Many of the Veterans entering into agriculture also have a disability diagnosis as a direct result of their service. In Georgia, there are 651,283 Veterans and 140,370 (22%) of those are reported to have a service-related disability rating. Of those 83,285 have a disability rating of 10-60 percent and 43,577 with a disability rating of 70 percent or higher. Utilizing best practices in universal curriculum design, we took an existing curricula on food safety and adapted it to be more accessible to Veterans with disabilities. The end result is increased knowledge and retention of food safety information by Veterans employed in agriculture.
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