2021 Train the Trainer Food Safety Practices/Talleres de prácticas de seguridad alimentaria “Entrenar al entrenador” workshops are here!!!!

During April and May 2021, we will be offering this class in both English and Spanish:

  • April 27th
  • April 29th
  • May 4th
  • May 11th

For all days, English is from 9 AM – Noon, and Spanish is from 1 PM – 4 PM

Please click here to register!

About this training: Workshops are sponsored by the Oregon Blueberry Commission.

Participants will acquire new skills and knowledge for effectively training their harvest workers. Any current state government regulations related to the pandemic will be mentioned. Participants will also be refreshed on good agricultural practices to reduce risk of food contamination and will understand key elements of the Produce Safety Rule – FSMA.*

 *Please note: this workshop DOES NOT fulfill the grower training requirement under the Produce Safety Rule.

 A certificate will be sent to those who complete the 3-hr workshop. In addition, each participant will receive a brand new good agriculture practices training manual!


The Healthy Plants and Bilingual Education Program combines a passion for supporting and educating people with a curiosity and desire to explore the microbial world present all around us. We are dedicated to serving the nursery industry by engaging growers through personalized nursery visits, listening to their concerns and questions, and presenting science-based information on identifying and managing plant diseases. We also offer various plant health workshops and trainings throughout the year. Additionally, we conduct applied research on topics related to the industry’s needs. This ranges from disinfection of propagation material to fungicide efficacy in controlling Botrytis on geraniums. We are also fascinated by the biology and unique abilities of cyanobacteria and other microalgae that live in nursery recycling ponds. See below for a list of current projects!

We are thrilled to expand our outreach beyond the nursery industry. In 2012, we partnered with the Oregon Blueberry Commission to begin offering training in Food Safety for growers, contractors, and anyone responsible for teaching harvest workers about minimizing the risk of contamination in the field. We have produced educational tools, found below, that provide support for this important endeavor. The emphasis on excellent hygiene, cleaning, and sanitation to prevent the spread of human pathogens complements our same emphasis for plant disease management!

Let us know how we can support you and your organization in producing healthy plants! Contact us today by emailing or Our services are available in English and Spanish.

New Plant Health Certification Program!!!

We are offering a bilingual, brand-new exciting online course called “Disease Prevention and Diagnosis for Nursery Crops”!!!

*** Are you a nursery worker or manager with years of experience, but no formal credentials to demonstrate your knowledge? Would you like to learn more about plant disease and how to prevent outbreaks at your nursery?


*** This is a six-week self-paced course that will introduce you to a variety of topics, including the cause of disease, signs and symptoms, water management, basic components of Integrated Pest Management, and efficient scouting.


*** There are five modules, and participants have a week to review each module on their own time. Participants move through each module at their own pace. At the end of the five modules, the participant will review the material and take a final exam. After passing the exam, you will be presented with an official Plant Health Certificate from Oregon State University!


*** We are offering a 25% discount for those who sign up for the first course beginning on Monday, April 5th!! Click here for more information and to register. We  look forward to seeing you in class!



Food Handling Safety "Train the Trainer"

This is a collaborative effort between OSU Extension’s Healthy Plants & Bilingual Education Program and the Oregon Blueberry Commission to create an awareness of good practices during the harvest season to prevent food contamination. These trainings take place in April and May.

To help trainers, we are proud to debut our new BILINGUAL Food Safety Training Manual! To order, please click here.

In addition, we have produce 5 FREE videos you can view and use at any time!!! Videos are in Spanish, with English subtitle options.

FSMA and the Produce Safety Rule

Education for growers about the new Food Safety regulations with focus on the Produce Safety Rule. For upcoming classes, please visit the Produce Safety Alliance.



Seguridad de Alimentos “Entrenando Entrenadores” 

Este es un esfuerzo de colaboración de Extensión y el Programa de Plantas sanas & Educación bilingue y la Comisión de Arándanos de Oregon para crear conciencia sobre las buenas prácticas durante la temporada de cosecha y prevenir la contaminación de los alimentos. Estos entrenamientos se llevan a cabo en abril y mayo.

¡Para ayudar a los entrenadores, estamos orgullosos de presentar nuestro nuevo Manual BILINGÜE de Capacitación en Seguridad de Alimentos! Para ordenar, por favor haga clic aquí.

¡Además, hemos producido 5 videos GRATIS que puedes ver y usar en cualquier momento! Los videos están en español, con opciones de subtítulos en inglés.

FSMA / Norma de Seguridad de Alimentos 

Educación para los productores sobre las nuevas regulaciones de Seguridad de Alimentos con enfoque en la Norma de Seguridad de los productos agrícolas frescos. Visite el sitio de ¨Produce Safety Alliance¨ en la red, para conocer cuando se ofrecen nuevas clases.



English to Spanish 

Español a Íngles

Pacific North West Pest Managment Handbooks

Program Contacts

Luisa Santamaria, Nursery Crops Extension Specialist- Plant Pathologist and Bilingual Educator

Maria Marlin, Faculty Research Assistant - Plant Pathologist