Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, through a grant funded by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 GAP Workshops for fruit and vegetable producers in the Fall of 2013. These one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAP certification can be used to meet buyer requirements for food safety. The key instructors will be Dr. Angela Shaw, Dr. Paul Domoto, Dr. Catherine Strohbehn and Linda Naeve.
The course descriptions for both levels are as follows:
Level 1 KNOW: farmers who provide food direct to consumers through community–supported agriculture (CSA) or farmers’ markets or considering retail foodservice sales will be trained in good agriculture best practices and market considerations.
Level 2 SHOW: farmers are those considering sales to retail foodservices, such as grocers, restaurants, hospitals, and other institutions, and those interested in adding value to fresh produce and selling products in a convenience form. Those completing this workshop will have the “bones” of their farm’s written food safety plan in place to demonstrate GAPs are in place and provide food safety assurances to buyers.
The workshop schedule for 2013 is shown below. The fee is $25 per workshop with discounts for farms and multiple level participation. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the program. To Register online: http://bit.ly/12sLsxE If you have questions or would like to book a date, please contact Heather Snyder at 515-294-9020 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAP Level 1 Training in Iowa City: September 24, 2013
GAP Level 2 Training in Iowa City: October 1, 2013