October 4, 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

On-farm GAPs workshops for fruit and vegetable growers:

  • October 8th Loon Organics Farm, Hutchinson MN 10:00 – 4:00
    To register for this workshop (deadline Oct 2): http://z.umn.edu/2015gaps

Two-day in-depth GAPs workshops for Extension, ag educators and non-profit partners:

  • October 13th and 14th, 2015
    Day 1 Classroom: Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet MN 10:00 – 4:00
    Day 2 On-the farm: Food Farm, Wrenshall MN 10:00 – 3:00
    To register for this workshop (deadline Oct 5) : http://z.umn.edu/gapsttt

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 October 7-27, 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)