July 2, 2015

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The on-farm GAPs food safety team at the University of Minnesota works with Minnesota’s produce farmers to help them develop and implement on-farm food safety plans and prepare for GAPs audits. We provide education, outreach and technical support to fruit and vegetable growers through GAP workshops and mock audits, research relating to GAPs, especially as they impact small growers and immigrant and minority growers, and communication and collaboration with many agricultural partner organizations and government entities to help promote information-sharing regarding GAPs and farm safety.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions (send to safety(at)umn.edu)

GAPs Workshops

We have scheduled our on-farm GAPs workshops for April  – October 2015.

Day long workshops for growers are scheduled for:

  • June 25 at Anderson Truck Farm, Lake Crystal MN (registration link for Lake Crystal workshop only: http://z.umn.edu/2015gaps),
  • August 11 at Catholic Worker Farm, near Lake City MN,
  • August 27 at Loon Organics, Hutchinson MN,
  • August 31 near Duluth.

Two-day workshops for educators are scheduled for

  • June 10-11 at Bakers’ Acres, near Avon MN (registration for June 10-11 is here: http://z.umn.edu/gapsttt)
  • October 6-7 near Wrenshall MN.

Short evening workshops are scheduled for:

  • Farmers’ market vendors May 12 in Bagley MN
  • Immigrant farmers May 26th near Marine-on-St. Croix.

If you are part of the Fresh Connect or HFHL project and your food safety plan is completed, farm site visits are scheduled for:

  • May 19-20-21
  • June 16-17-18
  • July TBD

If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop, please contact us at safety@umn.edu.

Cornell On-line GAPs course

The next GAPs Online Produce Safety Course from Cornell University will be offered from May 6-26, 2015. The cost is $190 per participant.  This is a fully-online course that provides a good foundation to understanding GAPs. When registering for the course you will be asked to enter a Group Number. Enter G000107 (those are all zeros). To register: www.ecornell.com/gaps. For more information read the GAPs registration information or email Betsy Bihn at eab38@cornell.edu.

How to make a Handwashing Station for less than $20

A very popular link and download. Full color and pictures describing how to build a simple handwashing station for your field or farm. Handwashing Station Instructions (pdf)