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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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GAP certification Workshop, 11/8 and 12/10

RAFFL

Dear Produce Growers, David Bonnano, from UMass Extension will be offering a workshop on food safety and preparing for a GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) Audit in November and December.  Here's a registration flier with details. Growers who have attended this workshop in the past have found it very helpful.   If you are interested in becoming GAP certified for wholesale markets, it will help you prepare for a GAPs audit and draft your farm food safety plan.  If you are on the fence, the workshop will help you decide if GAPs is right for you.   If you have already completed an audit, this workshop will give you more background on food safety issues and help you figure out how to improve your system for next year.Attendees to the morning session will learn about pathogens associated with fresh produce, strategies for reducing food safety risks in all steps of production, and USDA GAPs Audits.

Attendees to the afternoon session will leave with a draft of a food safety plan for their farm.  Growers can attend just the morning session or both the morning session and the afternoon session depending on their needs.

Space is limited and we expect the workshops to fill up quickly. The registration form is attached.

Please give me a call if you have any questions!

Ginger Nickerson GAPs Outreach Coordinator UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture 106 High Point Center, Suite 300 Colchester, VT 05446 gnickers@uvm.edu Office Phone: (802) 656-5490 Cell Phone: (802) 249-6701 Fax: (802)656-8874