A workshop for commercial fruit and vegetable growers that will focus on safe food handling and legal liability issues will be held Feb. 14 at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center in Winston-Salem.

The half-day workshop is designed for fruit and vegetable growers who sell their produce at farmers' markets and through pick-your-own operations.

It begins at 10 a.m. with registration and ends at 1:15 p.m. with lunch. The workshop cost is a $15 per person, which includes lunch. The event is sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Titled "Profitable Produce: A Workshop on Legal Liability and Handling Food Safely," the workshop will feature presentations by Lynn Turner, a professor of food science at North Carolina State University, Shirley Outlaw of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, and Ted Feitshans, an Extension specialist in agricultural and resource economics at North Carolina State University. Turner will talk about "Good Agricultural Practices for Raw Produce Handling," while Outlaw will discuss liability insurance and Feitshans' topic will be avoiding liability lawsuits.

Registration and other information is available from Tim Hambrick,

Forsyth County Extension agent, at 336.703.2850 or email: tim_hambrick@ncsu.edu or from Annette Dunlap, Extension associate, Value-added and Alternative Agriculture, at 919.515.5969 or email: annette_dunlap@ncsu.edu.

Information is also available on line at Extension's value-added and alternative agriculture Web site, http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/value-added/

The Forsyth County Extension Center, where the workshop will be held, is at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, N.C.