Produce Safety Curriculum Framework
Competency and Curriculum Framework Development
The National Coordination Center convened a Small Producer/Processor Work Group (Work Group) for a 3.5-day meeting in the first week of October of 2016. The Work Group consisted of subject matter experts (SMEs) from the four Regional Centers along with representatives from FDA, NIFA, and other key stakeholders.
The overarching objective of the meeting was to develop a competency and curriculum framework for the target audience(s): owners and operators of small and medium-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers, small on-farm processors, and small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers (i.e., small farmers).
A competency framework is a model that broadly defines the blueprint for excellent performance within a particular profession (e.g., small farmers), at various points of one’s career. The framework helps identify high-level competencies (desired outcomes or behavior), enumerates metrics by which competency can be measured, spells out observable and measureable characteristics, and provides evaluation criteria.
The competency framework serves as the foundation for the small farmer curriculum framework, a color-coded visual schematic that represents the roadmap for content area learning events (training, courses, etc.) that will enable small farmers to match the blueprint for excellence spelled out by the competency framework.