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Produce Food Safety – Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices Training and Certification Sessions, 2010

January 16, 2010

Produce Food Safety Certification Sessions 2010
Good Agriculture Practices (GAP’s) – Good Handling Practices (GHP’s)

All produce growers who did not attend voluntary produce food safety (GAP/GHP) training sessions in 2009 are encouraged to do so in 2010.  This training program is offered by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and the certificate is issued by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.  Trainings are also sponsored by the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware.  This certification program satisfies wholesale buyer requirements that growers attend GAP/GHP training.  Smaller growers that do not market wholesale are also encouraged to be certified and learn about best ways to keep produce safe from food borne pathogens.

Growers that do limited wholesale and mostly direct market will only need to do 3 hours of training.

Growers that do significant wholesale must attend 6 hours of training to be certified.


KENT COUNTY – Locations listed below. Contact Gordon Johnson (302) 545-2397 for more information

Small growers (limited wholesale) – Certification session at the Profiting from a Few Acres Conference (3 hour training), February 12, 2010, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Sheraton Hotel, Dover DE. Contact John Clendaniel, (302) 857-6462 or for registration information (conference is February 12-13 and has other sessions and a registration fee. It is organized by DE State University).

Wholesale growers – Session at the Kent County Extension Office, Dover (Paradee Building), 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901, January 29, 2010, 9 am – 3:30 pm, Call (302) 730-4000 to register.

SUSSEX COUNTY – Sessions at the University of Delaware, Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. Call (302) 856-7303 to register. Contact Tracy Wootten wootten@UDel.Edu or Cory Whaley whaley@UDel.Edu for more information.

Small Growers (limited wholesale) – 3 hour training, March 2, 2010, 6-9 pm.

Wholesale growers – session 1, March 11, 2010, 6-9 pm., session 2, March 18, 2010, 6-9 pm.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY – Sessions at the New Castle County Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, DE , 19716, Phone (302) 831-2506 to register.  Contact Anna Stoops stoops@UDel.Edu for more information.

All growers: March 9, 2010 – 9 am to Noon, with an afternoon session 1 pm to 2:30 pm geared toward farmers’ markets for those who are interested.

Second session to complete wholesale grower’s certification – March 16, 2010 – 9 am to noon

Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable and Fruit Specialist, University of Delaware

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