Grower's Manual: A Template for Grower Cooperatives
This Grower’s Manual was originally developed by GROWN Locally, a producer cooperative in northeast Iowa, to establish standards for pre ‐ and post ‐ harvest practices and the product specifications used with local foodservice establishments. Adhering to these methods and standards allowed GROWN Locally’s growers to pass their internal audit, and their facility to be GHP certified.
In July 2011, the Manual was purchased by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and revised and reformatted to serve as a model for other cooperatives and regional food systems groups. The revision process included a review of Extension, state, and federal food safety publications and consultation with ISU Extension specialists to ensure that the manual calls for science ‐ based best practices that comply with current regulations.