Food safety record system for Georgia Organics farmers

About Georgia Organics

“Georgia Organics is a member supported, non-profit organization connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families. We believe food should be community-based, not commodity-based.

An outgrowth of a grower’s association established in the 1970s, Georgia Organics is devoted to promoting sustainable foods and local farms in Georgia.

A sustainable local food system is critical to the future of Georgia’s health, environment, and economy.

Recognizing this vital need, Georgia Organics builds supply through grower education and outreach, and grows demand on the consumer and business end by encouraging market opportunities for local food. We have three key goals:

  • Increase the number of organic and sustainable farmers in Georgia

  • Increase the number of children participating in farm to school programs

  • Increase the number of Georgians eating local, organic food”

The task: creating a daily food safety record keeping system for organic farmers.

Billy Mitchell from the Global Growers Network reached out to Streetcat asking for advice on creating a system where farmers would be able to better manage their information when it came to food safety procedures in organic farming. Having worked with Google Apps before and knowing the ubiquity of their usage among most Internet users, Streetcat prototyped a record keeping model by translating the paper form of daily food safety records into individual Google Forms that farmers would fill out each day. The daily submissions from farmers would be recorded into a massive, searchable spreadsheet where the farmer would easily be able to pull up a specific record during a federal audit.

The plan was to make a series of easy to answer record forms that were searchable for later inspection. Georgia Organics was happy with the end result and have been rolling these forms out to farmers to use for maintaining their food safety records on a day to day basis.