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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone: (802) 656-5490 Cell Phone: (802) 249-6701 Fax: (802)656-8874