Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification is an important pathway for small farmers to maximize their market potential.
Currently, GAP Certification is not a legal requirement for selling farm produce. However — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in the process of creating new rules and regulations for commercial farms and food producers. GAP Certification may become a requirement for farmers under the new Food Safety Modernization Act. And even without the new legal requirements, many consumers are now looking for GAP Certification before purchasing farm products.
It’s important for farmers to understand what GAP guidelines are and how they might affect a farm’s business. Groundswell’s Good Ag Practices Workshop is designed to help farmers make sense of the guidelines and implement good GAP practices for wholesaling, CSAs, and farmers’ markets. A one-or two-day Workshop will be held each year to help new farmers understand produce safety issues, Good Agricultural Practices, the Food Safety Modernization Act’s proposed produce rule and third party audits, and local buyer demand for GAPs certification. Participants will be assisted in writing farm food safety plans.
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