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GAP School for Fruit and Vegetable Producers Course

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
9:00am – 3:30pm

Middlesex County Extension Center

UConn Extension GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) School for Fruit and Vegetable Producers will have a comprehensive 2-day course, providing farmers with the tools they need to develop a GAP food safety program.

3/16/16 Day 2- In the Packing Facility will include: -Worker health and hygiene -Employee training -Traceability -Water -Packing house sanitation, pest control -Receiving area, washing/packing line, storage areas -Ice and refrigeration -Transportation -Record keeping and documentation -Conducting a self audit -Writing a plan

snow date: March 17, 2016

There is no regulatory requirement (state or federal) for farmers to have a GAP food safety program. However, some retailers and distributors want their suppliers to have GAP programs in place. The GAP School will help both farmers who need GAP programs in order to comply with customer demands and also those who want to develop a food safety plan in order to add value to their business, whether required or not.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to those who complete the 2 day course. Pre-registration is required. Each session will include lectures, handouts, a review of the pertinent audit items, and steps for farmers to take to achieve success in each audit section that pertains to their operation.

Registration fee is $75 per person. Registration fees cover program costs, morning coffee/tea, and lunch. Registration materials must be received by March 1.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Diane Hirsch at 203.407.3163 or or Candace Bartholomew at 860.570.9067 or


Diane Hirsch, 203.407.3163,

Extension (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Middlesex County, Office of Public Engagement

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