Upcoming GAP Trainings for Small Farmers

Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Greenville, SC, October 26-28

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

To learn more information, please visit the conference website.

GAP Certification for the Small Farm

Friday October 26th, Pre-Conference Intensive

9:00 am to 12:00 pm
NCSU Presenters: Ben Chapman, PhD, Audrey Kreske PhD, and Gary Bullen

Today every farm, large or small, needs to have a smart plan for ensuring food safety.  “Good Agricultural Practices” or “GAP” certification is one way to put a plan in place.  It has the added bonus of opening doors to markets that require GAP.  But will GAP work in the small farm context?  The answer increasingly is — yes!  Come join top experts from NCSU who have been studying the best ways for small operators to take advantage of GAP.  They will lead you step-by-step through the process.  Ben and Audrey have years of experience in food safety in the farm-to-fork path and are excited to share their knowledge with you.  You will come away with a new confidence to tackle the GAP.

Food Safety on the Farm

Saturday October 27th

8:30 am to 10:00 pm
NCSU Presenters: Audrey Kreske PhD and Gary Bullen

Presentation

2012 Southeast Strawberry Expo, Charlotte, NC, November 7-10

NC Strawberry Association

To learn more information, please visit the conference website.

Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7

On-Farm Workshop 2 pm -4:30 pm

Presenters: Audrey Kreske PhD, Diane Ducharme, GAPs Program Coordinator, and Katie Baros, Extension Produce Safety Assistant

A Critical Eye, Food Safety Risk Investigation: a hands-on approach to identifying food safety risks and GAPs audits

Learn how to identify hazards and risks – and learn some insight into what GAPs auditors look for.  This hands-on workshop will take place at a nearby farm. Participants will be taught how outbreaks happen, and be shown techniques to evaluate risks  and discuss management options. For those who wish to obtain GAPs certification to help open new markets, the workshop will also help prepare for an audit. Clipboards and sharp pencils provided…

 

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