December 6, 2018
Workshops in Hay River and Yellowknife in November focused on Agricultural Safe Food Best Practices.
The training, designed to help anyone involved in food growing, harvesting, production or processing, was sponsored by the newly-formed NWT producers association The NWT Food Network, in collaboration with the Departments of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Health and Social Services.
Facilitator Connie Kehler from the Canadian Herb, Spice and Natural Product Coalition, delivered the program based on Good Collection and Agriculture Practices.
Over the course of two days, attendees learned the importance of developing risk assessment protocols and keeping track of their product. Common sense approaches were provided on topics including risk assessment, prevention, product control and traceability through record keeping.
Participants also had the opportunity to engage with local Environmental Health Officers from the GNWT.
As a piloted project, this workshop was the first of its kind in the NWT. Based on its overall success, the workshop may later be expanded into other regions.
These workshops were made possible by the GNWT’s participation in the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
In its ongoing implementation of the NWT Agriculture Strategy, ITI is supporting and encouraging value-added opportunities for locally harvested and produced products.