University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Vermont Produce Growers Invited to Workshop on GAPs Certification

Barre, Vermont on April 5

With so many retail and wholesale buyers requiring evidence of a comprehensive food safety plan, UVM Extension is glad to offer farmers this workshop to understand and prepare for Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification. 

It is being co-taught by UVM Extension Produce Safety Coordinator Ginger Nickerson and Gretchen Wall of Cornell Extension and the Produce Safety Alliance Coordinator.

Farmers will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of the science, risks and principles behind Good Agricultural Practices, a draft of a food safety plan in the GAPs Audit format, an understanding of what happens at a GAPs Audit, and many resources.

Registration fee: $50  (a limited number of need-based $25 scholarships are available)

Register early! Space is limited. There are also two pieces of homework to do to help you get the most out of the workshop, these will be sent to you upon registration, and you should give yourself time to complete them.

·         Register online: here

·         Register by mail: please fill out this form and send your check for $50 to: Jenny Brown; Center for Sustainable Agriculture; 23 Mansfield Ave; Burlington, VT; 05401

To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ginger Nickerson at 802-505-8189 or gnickers@uvm.edu by March 15, 2016 so we may assist you.

Established in 1994, the Center for Sustainable Agriculture provides timely information to Vermont communities and the UVM campus. Part of UVM Extension, the Center conducts innovative research, supports the development of promising practices, cultivates partnerships, and informs policy to advance sustainable food and farming systems

 This workshop is made possible by funding through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.