The North Carolina Cooperative Extension has produced a publication which is a great resource for assistance in your community garden on food safety issues.
This publication states “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 48 million people who are sickened with foodborne illness in the United States each year. While most people who become sick from foodborne illness recover quickly, there are on average almost 130,000 hospitalizations annually and 3,000 associated deaths.”
The steps used to reduce contamination risk in commercial food production are also applicable to community and school gardens. The guide presents these steps in a context suitable for the organizers and volunteers associated with community and school gardens.
Click to view the document “Food Safety for School + Community Gardens”