What are GAPs workshops?
GAPs, or Good Agricultural Practices, are science-based best practices that help farmers reduce risks of microbial contamination (Salmonella or E. coli O157:H7) in fresh produce.
Extension’s GAPs workshops provide growers with an excellent foundation for on-farm food safety. The workshops teach practices you can use on your farm and help you learn how to prepare for a voluntary GAP audit, should you want one.
GAPs workshops offer experiential learning to facilitate things like writing SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and writing or updating your on-farm food safety plan, which is required to pass a GAP audit. Some GAPs trainings are held on farms, allowing participants to talk with other farmers and see the practices in action.
While we do discuss the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in these workshops, we do not focus on the regulatory and recordkeeping mandates of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Rather, these courses focus on the practical application of GAPs for Minnesota Farmers.
Who should attend a GAPs workshop?
All growers of fresh fruits and vegetables care about their customers and want to provide them with safe, healthy food. The focus of GAPs workshops can vary to best meet the needs of the audience.
A basic GAPs training will help you learn the most up-to-date best practices for keeping your customers safe and help you start your farm food safety plan. A GAP audit preparation workshop will assume knowledge of GAPs and will focus on documentation and record-keeping, and may even include a mock audit.
If your farm must comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, this course will not satisfy the supervisor training requirement outlined in §112.22(c) of the Produce Safety Rule.
See more information on FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Trainings.