University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

GAPs & FSMA Training for Farmers Who Grow Fruit or Vegetables Usually Consumed Raw

Burlington, VT --  UVM Extension and the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) will be hosting a GAPs and FSMA Produce Rule training November 16th – 17th at the UVM Extension Office located at 130 Austine Dr. in Brattleboro, Vermont. 

For Farmers: The first day will provide training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the Produce Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  This one-day workshop will satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for growers who are covered by FSMA outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires “At least one supervisor from the farm must complete food safety training at least equivalent to the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA.” If you are unsure of whether the farm will be covered under the rule, you can use this online decision tree we developed at the Agency of Ag to find out if you are likely to be covered: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vtfsma.

For GAPs Educators and Agricultural Service Providers only: The second day is for GAPs educators and other agricultural service providers – it goes more in-depth into information on FSMA, the module content, and adult education. Attending both Day 1 & Day 2 would satisfy the PSA Train the Trainer requirement for potential trainers of the PSA curricula.

The workshop will be limited to 30 growers and 20 ag service providers.

Not sure if this applies to you? If you are unsure of whether your farm will be covered under the rule, you can use this online decision tree we developed at the Agency of Ag to find out if you are likely to be covered: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vtfsma.

Produce growers can register at https://www.regonline.com/gapsfsmaworkshop

Trainers and agricultural service providers can register here:  https://www.regonline.com/gapsfsmaworkshoptrainers.

Questions? Contact Ginger Nickerson: gnickers@uvm.edu or Hans Estrin: hans.estrin@uvm.edu

Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this workshop should contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu by October 26, 2016 so we may assist you.

Established in 1994, the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture provides timely information to Vermont communities and the UVM campus.  Center staff conduct innovative research, support the development of promising practices, cultivates partnership, and inform policy to advance sustainable food and farming systems

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