GAPS Tier 1 Awareness Training
Gaps Tier 1 Awareness Training
Food safety continues to be a major focus area related to fresh produce and local food systems. Markets are increasingly requesting that vendors be GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified or have attended GAPs trainings. Cooperative Extension has developed a training program that will detail the best practices associated with a GAPs program for small farms. This program is offered as a two-part series in which producers will learn about how pathogens can contaminate fresh produce and what practices can best help us minimize the risk of contamination.
The program will be offered at the Yancey Extension Center, 10 Orchard Drive, Burnsville, NC, on January 21st and 23rd. Part one will be offered on the 21st, and part two will conclude on the 23rd. Producers must attend both sessions to receive their certificate of attendance. A morning and evening session will be offered on both days. Morning sessions will run from 8:30-11:30 am, while evening sessions will run from 5:30-8:30 pm. Please note that producers planning to sell produce through TRACTOR Food and Farms are required to attend this training if they have not done so in the past.
There is no cost for the program; however, producers should pre-register by calling the Yancey Extension office at 828-682-6186.