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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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An online community of farmers in the Rutland region hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

Farmer Consultant for food safety research sought

RAFFL

Greetings Growers, Think GAPs certification is too challenging for small and diversified growers?

The Center for Sustainable Agriculture and UVM Extension in partnership with the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, NOFA-Vermont, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture just received a grant to explore whether it would be possible and make sense to develop an alternative food safety certification program that could serve as an alternative to GAPs Certification for small and diversified produce growers - especially those that sell to schools and hospitals.

We are looking for a farmer or agricultural consultant  and a legal consultant who would conduct interviews and research with the buyer and grower members of the Windham Farm and Food Network about their concerns, issues, and suggestions for creating such a program, as well as researching  the legal, insurance, and liability issues.

Here are the ads for the two positions. Ad for Farmer Consultant Ad for Legal Consultant

If you are interested, or know a farmer, or someone who knows a lot about produce operations, who has some free time this year and could travel to Windham County, please share this opportunity with them. The deadline for applications is March 3rd.

Thanks for helping with this effort and I hope you are having a good winter,

-- 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