Farm Visitor Safety & Health is Our #1 Priority

Hand washing is the first line of defense against germs. North Star Farm Tour shares how a new contraption makes farm visits safe for everyone! 

We have been educated to Reach & Teach Everyone

Wash Your Hands!

That’s what we learned at the “Agritourism: Fun on the Farm Workshop” hosted by the MN Dept of Health (MDH), MN Dept of Agriculture (MDA), and Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center (UMASH) at the University of Minnesota in May 2019. Hand washing with soap is the best way to stop germs…hands down! Honestly, it changed our priorities for this year.
Visitor Safety & Health is Our #1 Priority North Star Farm Tour (NSFT) paid attention to the state experts in that workshop, and realized we had work to do before Tour 2019:
Every member got laminated hand washing posters, safety brochures and a workbook from the “Agritourism Fun on the Farm” workshop.

  • We changed our Membership Policy to require a certificate of completion of the MDH online Safer FACEs (Farm Animal Contact Exhibits) training before hosting a public tour. The dinner workshop is only offered once per year, not again until summer 2020. 
  • We researched handwashing station plans online and visited websites for farm safety centers all over the United States before deciding to design our own. 
  • We created a handwashing station design & construction team to build hand washing stations that appeal to our sensibilities as farmers: durable; stable; easy to clean and store; reasonable cost; efficient waste water storage; and easy to build and clean. Thanks to our sponsors who dug deep to make this happen:  -- Culligan Red Wing, Runnings Red Wing, Hirshfields Apple Valley, Windswept Hill Farm, Clear Spring Farm, and Culligan Ultrapure Northfield.  
  • We adopted the phrase “Reach & Teach Everyone” to honor our policy of Diversity and Inclusion as we decided to translate this poster into as many languages as possible - FREE. 
  • We redesigned a simple and easy-to-understand poster we found on the UMASH website and received approval from MDH to make it more colorful and simpler so it's useable by any group, anywhere. It includes the most important health prevention messages for our visitors. But it was only in English and Spanish
  • “Reach & Teach Everyone,”  means EVERYONE. With a grant from UMASH, North Star Farm Tour invested member funds to translate that poster into 18+ languages at the Intercultural Mutual Association Alliance (IMAA) in Rochester. 
  • We used smartphone technology to open access to all of the translations, immediately, for free (see below). 
  • We want people to use this poster. Just send us back a story that includes a little bit about yourself, where you used it and what the feedback was from users. Our address is on the bottom of the poster. 

Handwashing Station Plans and Materials


NSFT DIY Handwashing Station (pdf)


Download a free App to your phone that scans QR codes. Aim your phone at the square and wait. It will automatically take you to our page absolutely free. Now you can choose your preferred language and download to your phone. 

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  • German
  • Swahili
  • Hindi
  • Somali

North Star Farm Tour is also working on these languages:  

  • Arabic
  • Hmong
  • Vietnamese
  • Khmer
  • Bosnian
  • Anuak
  • Dinka
  • Burmese
  • Karen
  • Kareni
  • Amharic
  • Mandarin/Chinese
  • Tibetan