Started the year off with a new generator muffler. LIV and I plan to do more boondocking and using our Harvest Host membership. Generator fumes can be annoying let alone dangerous! This piece of equipment is a must when no electrical hookup is available.
First client visit this year is located in Yuma, AZ. Audit day is coming up. Annual reviews and sanitation training are due. This team has it down! Audit day successful! Thank you Ceres Certification International for sending yet another qualified auditor! Corrective Actions and Preventive Measures complete!
Yuma is great this time of year, however still dusty. LIV needs a good bath. She seems to run better when she is clean and spruced up. Me too!
My first airflight since COVID and purchasing LIV. Booked a seat in the very back, masked up. It wasn't as bad as the media portrayed. Always cold here, so left LIV behind. She is not suited for...yes...7 degrees below!
My client is always ready for an audit. Food Safety everyday here! Whoops, what is that mop doing head up? LOL, always a few things to work on.
Audit passed, a few corrective actions completed and overall a great visit. Lots of changes here in the year ahead. They are growing and expanding. Hum...I wonder if successfully implemented food safety has anything to do with that? :>)
Heading back to California to welcome a new client near my homebase...where it is a bit warmer...sigh. Stay tuned for this exciting client. More to come later!
After the initial visit with the new client, internal audits and timeline planning is complete. Another fun and satisfying project. Just a Hint...this one will be education oriented.
I am fortunate to have a bit of down time with family (eldest and youngest of 9 grandkids and a grand lizard pictured)
Yes, we are family of farmers (of all kinds)
See ya later Family! Off to the next new client in NorCal. Left a bit early so I could visit Lake Almanor. My father talked about this lake and how he would love to have a cabin there some day. He was there in spirit with me as I explored this absolutely amazing place. The water was sweet and plenty of it! A nice sight in dry ole California.
Oh! and my 1st Harvest Host stay at BE LOVE FARM on the way to Lake Almanor. This is a regenerative agriculture operation. Check out "Kiss the Ground" documentary on Amazon Prime. The owners son produced this film!! I got to meet him. The owner made freshly fried donuts for all the overnight guests and the local community. Many people showed up for the donuts and I know why. BEST donuts I have ever tasted!
Be Love Farm
Lake Almanor is so beautiful. Fisherman in spot next to me caught their limit of smallmouth bass. I was invited to join them for blackened fish tacos, YUM. Thank you Byron and Paul!
Need to leave two days early. DARN!! There is a forcast for snow and freezing temps. LIV is not outfitted to withstand freezing weather, so off we go to our second Harvest Host location. Hard to leave this beautiful place. All good things must come to an end...temporarily. I will return!
Come with me on a scenic drive down hwy 70.
Lovely stay in Grass Valley. Harvest Hosts. The couple I stayed with were very welcoming and helped me understand pros and cons of a solar installation on LIV. Yes, I finally ordered a solar panel to charge my batteries when I am boondocking. 100 amp hours of power. Nice to not have to run the generator sometimes.
The picture is of my morning friend greeting me. "Whats for breakfast Miss Deb, acorn soup?"
Time to get back to work. Off to a job that will be a different kind of food safety program than I have been sharing with you so far. This is an on farm bakery! Oh my, I can already taste the experience. Ingredients come from 250 acres of organically grown produce (certified by CCOF) and processed into ready to bake products. Bakery items and other fresh fruit, olive oil, granolas, conserves are sold direct to the consumer via mail order and to a few local stores. Definitely a HACCP plan here. By the way, the empanadas are very tasty and one of my favs! The Food Safety implementation is in compliance with California Code. The client will be attempting Global Food Safety Initiative compliance to acquire a few commercial accounts and sell over state line. More fun to come with this client. Very excited to be a part of this project.
3rd Harvest Host stay at 43 Olive Oil Ranch. Great olive oil tasting. I learned it is much like wine tasting and the process is similar. Quiet secure place to sleep for the night and watch the Red Moon appear in the sky. Took a hike up the hill and saw some bright yellow birds. Still trying to identify them.
I want to give a shout out to HeavyConnect. This software makes my job possible on the road. My clients love it too! See you soon!