Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs)
Own a farm that hosts visitors? Volunteer at the county fair? Operate a pumpkin patch with a petting zoo? Run a pizza farm event?
The Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs) training program can help you understand the risks of illness and injury from farm animals, and how to protect your visitors. This free, online and voluntary training program is offered by the Minnesota Department of Health. When you complete the program, MDH will provide certification that your organization has learned best practices for visitor-animal interactions.
The intended audience includes owners, operators and staff of:
- Petting zoos
- Agritourism venues such as orchards and pumpkin patches
- Farms that host the public
- Any other venue where the public can visit and interact with animals
The training consists of six online modules and short quizzes, and should take 2-3 hours to complete. It is designed to allow users to work at their own pace, and exit and return as needed.
Topics covered include:
- Overview of health risks from animals
- Facility Design
- Animal care and management
- Staff training
- Visitor education and signage
For more information or to register, please email SaferFaces@state.mn.us with the following information: your name, your animal contact venue, and the best way to contact you. Alternatively, please call 651-201-5414 and ask about Safer FACEs.
The Safer FACEs training program was created with funding from the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).
For more resources on agritourism, such as educational videos, handwashing posters and more, visit the UMASH Agritourism webpage.