Training (LGMA Tech)

Food safety is a process, not a one-time task. We like to say that the LGMA program helps member companies to establish a culture of food safety on the farm. This means that food safety happens every day and that every employee has a role to play. Continuous improvement through training and education is a top priority for the LGMA; we require and facilitate training for leafy green shippers, growers and harvest crews throughout California.

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Who should attend?

LGMA Tech Training is targeted at supervisor and/or lead food safety personnel who are responsible for ensuring that all workers are adequately trained in their company’s food safety program and the LGMA food safety practices. Each of the modules in the training series are based upon the principles of “train-the-trainer” which will provide the tools and resources for them to provide quality of training necessary to meet this objective.



There are six-core workshops in LGMA-Tech; special topic workshops may be offered on an as-needed basis.

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Food Safety Training in Arizona and California

traininggraphicThe California LGMA has a sister program in Arizona that is almost identical. While LGMA Tech in California targets supervisors and lead personnel, the AZ LGMA training program training efforts target the field workers responsible for harvesting and packing activities. The AZ LGMA provides a robust set of training tools, including an in-field tailgate training series and supplementary videos for new and returning workings in an indoor setting. LGMA Tech offers its food safety training workshops throughout the growing regions in California.

Meet the Trainer: Mike Villaneva

Over 25 years of experience in agriculture led Mike Villaneva to his current post as Technical Director of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. His background working in education, training and regulatory inspections provides a solid foundation for leading the organization's food safety training program. He has designed the program from the ground up with the goal of helping member companies continue to reduce audit citations and improve their overall food safety programs.

If you have a question regarding the food safety practices or audits, reach out to Mike