URI researchers seek volunteers for study of food-safe home gardening practices
Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892
KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 3, 2005 -- If you grow fruits or vegetables in a home garden for your own consumption, then University of Rhode Island researchers want your help.
URI is one of five New England universities conducting a study to evaluate how aware home gardeners are of food safety issues and if they use safe growing and handling practices. The information gathered will be used to help design food safety educational materials for home gardeners.
“This is a knowledge-based study to see what gardeners know and don’t know about food safety practices,” said Lori Pivarnik, URI food safety educator. “We’re interested in their food safety knowledge beginning with when they prepare the soil in their garden to the time the food reaches the dinner table.”
Participants in the study will be interviewed at their home for about one hour by two URI Master Gardeners in June or July. A refrigerator thermometer and a meat thermometer will be given to each volunteer in appreciation of their participation.
For more information or to volunteer to participate, call Martha Patnoad or Lori Pivarnik at the URI Cooperative Extension at 401-874-2900.