GAP Workshops

— Written By Chris Austin

Registration is open for the two-part GAP’s workshop on December 1 and December 8, 2014 in Union County.

These workshops are for farms of all sizes and will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance that fulfills a portion of the eligibility requirements to receive up to $600 in GAPs Cost Share assistance from CFSA. Lunch is included with both workshops.

Participants will also be eligible for one-on-one consulting after the workshop.

Event Details – Union County:
Part 1 – Navigating the USDA GAP Audit
Date: December 1 Location: 3230-D Presson Road Monroe, NC 28112
Cost: $10
The first workshop, Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, will be based on newly developed components focused on navigating a GAPs audit. This workshop will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns as well as strategies to minimize contamination. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance that fulfills a portion of the eligibility requirements to receive up to $600 in GAPs Cost Share assistance from CFSA.

Portions of the first workshop will take place outside, rain or shine. We will carpool from the Extension office.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle and appropriate weather gear.

Part 2
 – Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development
Date: December 8
Location: 3230-D Presson Road Monroe, NC 28112
Cost: $10
***Laptop required for this section. Please notify Trish Tripp if you do NOT have a laptop.

The second workshop, Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development, conducted in a computer lab, will provide direct assistance to producers in completing a fresh produce safety plan. Attendees will leave this session with a well-developed working draft of their specific food safety plan, which becomes the framework for an audit, and can be used to demonstrate individual farm risk-reduction steps.  Completion of the first workshop is a prerequisite and basic computer knowledge is required in order to receive the maximum benefit from this session.

Note: You must register for Part 1 to attend Part 2. Questions?  Contact Trish Tripp – trish@carolinafarmstewards.org or 919-542-2402

Register Herehttp://bit.ly/1nxWiMT Or Give Us a Call: 919-542-2402

If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or trish@carolinafarmstewards.org

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), Center For Environmental Farming Systems/North Carolina Growing Together to deliver this workshop.

Written By

Photo of Chris AustinChris AustinCounty Extension Support Specialist (704) 283-3720 chris_u_austin@ncsu.eduUnion County, North Carolina
Updated on Oct 29, 2014
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