Cristy is the Produce Safety Specialist for CSU Extension. She helps farmers understand the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule and how it impacts their farms. As part of her role, Cristy visits farms during the growing season to observe and evaluate farm food safety practices, helps identify risks associated with growing, harvesting, packing and holding produce, and works with farmers to create strategies to reduce potential risks. The rest of the year Cristy focuses on delivering outreach and education to producers around the state and creating resources for farmers to help them comply with the Produce Safety Rule. She also works closely with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, CSU Extension colleagues, grower organizations, and other states to bring together a broader range of resources and tools to meet the needs of Colorado produce growers.