8. Equipment, Tools, & Buildings:

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Equipment, tools, and buildings should be kept neat and tidy to maintain quality and safety both in the field and in the packing house. Below are examples:

buckets upsidedown

Buckets stored upside to prevent contaminants from getting inside.

clean knife

Worker using a clean knife to harvest produce.


Clean box stand used to elevate and keep produce off the ground.


Vegetable spinner and surrounding area kept orderly and free of debris.

Photos: Shauna Sibonga (2015).

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) / Logs are helpful in getting organized. Proper compliance of practices is crucial for the safety and success of your farm. For more information and educational materials, visit Cornell University’s GAPs and Cornell University’s Produce Safety Alliance. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with this topic, you can move on to others!