April 20, 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 are currently scheduling on-farm GAPs workshops for June – Sept 2015. If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop, please contact us at safety@umn.edu. Watch here for more details. Day long workshops for growers are tentatively scheduled for June 25 near Lake Crystal MN, August 11 near Lake City MN, August 27 near Hutchinson MN, May 12 in Bagley MN (short workshop). Two day workshops for educators are tenatively scheduled for June 10-11 near Avon MN, and October 6-7 near Wrenshall MN. Check back for more details about locations and registrations.

Cornell On-line GAPs course

The next GAPs Online Produce Safety Course from Cornell University will be offered from April 8-28, 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)