ROCHESTER, Minn. — Fruit and vegetable growers are invited to a half-day workshop to learn how Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) can improve the quality and safety of fresh produce as well as help access new markets. This training is designed for small- to medium-sized fruit and vegetable growers, but any farmer or gardener is welcome to attend.
Topics to be discussed include best practices to improve safety in growing, harvesting, and handling of fresh fruits and vegetables such as water testing, washing and packing, manure/compost use, low-cost handwashing stands, and food safety recordkeeping. We’ll also discuss GAP audits, provide a brief overview of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, and spend time outside discussing practical applications for harvest and washing in an adjacent donation garden.
The workshop will held from 8:30AM-12:30PM on Thursday, October 31st, at the History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 West Circle Drive SW, Rochester, MN 55902. The cost for this workshop is $15, and includes light morning refreshments, lunch (take it to go or stay for optional networking from 12:30-1:30PM), a folder with handouts, and a certificate of attendance.
Register by October 25 at https://z.umn.edu/gaps_workshops. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, contact Anne Sawyer, Extension Educator for On-Farm Food Safety, firstname.lastname@example.org, (651) 480-7704.
To learn more about GAPs, GAP audits, or the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, visit Extension’s GAPs Education Program online at https://z.umn.edu/growsafefood.
— Anne Sawyer, Extension Educator for On-Farm Food Safety, University of Minnesota
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