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Good Agricultural Pracitces (GAP) workshops for Small Farm Operators

Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Greenville, SC, October 26-28

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, To learn more information, please visit the conference website.

GAP Certification for the Small Farm

Friday October 26th, Pre-Conference Intensive

9:00 am to 12:00 pm
NCSU Presenters: Ben Chapman, PhD, Audrey Kreske PhD, and Chris Gunter, PhD

Today every farm, large or small, needs to have a smart plan for ensuring food safety.  “Good Agricultural Practices” or “GAP” certification is one way to put a plan in place.  It has the added bonus of opening doors to markets that require GAP.  But will GAP work in the small farm context?  The answer increasingly is — yes!  Come join top experts from NCSU who have been studying the best ways for small operators to take advantage of GAP.  They will lead you step-by-step through the process.  Ben and Audrey have years of experience in food safety in the farm-to-fork path and are excited to share their knowledge with you.  You will come away with a new confidence to tackle the GAP.

Farm Business, Food Safety on the Farm

Saturday October 27th

8:30 am to 10:00 pm
NCSU Presenters: Audrey Kreske PhD and Chris Gunter, PhD

2012 Southeast Strawberry Expo, Charlotte, NC, November 7-10

NC Strawberry Association

To learn more information, please visit the conference website.

Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7

On-Farm Workshop 2 pm -4:30 pm

Presenters: Audrey Kreske PhD, Diane Ducharme, GAPs Program Coordinator, and Katie Baros, Extension Produce Safety Assistant

A Critical Eye, Food Safety Risk Investigation: a hands-on approach to identifying food safety risks and GAPs audits

Learn how to identify hazards and risks – and learn some insight into what GAPs auditors look for.  This hands-on workshop will take place at a nearby farm. Participants will be taught how outbreaks happen, and be shown techniques to evaluate risks  and discuss management options. For those who wish to obtain GAPs certification to help open new markets, the workshop will also help prepare for an audit. Clipboards and sharp pencils provided…

Small Farms GAP workshop I – Pender County

Monday, November 19, 2012 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Pender County Cooperative Extension Office
801 S. Walker St.
Burgaw, NC 28425

Small Farms GAP workshop II – Richmond County

Friday, November 30, 2012 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ag Services Center
123 Caroline Street
Rockingham, NC
Richmond County

Small Farms GAP workshop III – Buncombe County

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 1:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759

Small Farms GAP workshop IV – Chatham County

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Chatham County Agriculture Building Auditorium
45 South Street Pittsboro, NC 27312

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About Audrey Kreske

Food Safety Extension Associate at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC

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