UMN Extension GAPs Education Program

The University of Minnesota Extension On-farm GAPs Education Program provides education, outreach and technical support to fruit and vegetable growers through GAP workshops and mock audits, research relating to GAPs, especially as they impact small growers and immigrant and minority growers, and communication and collaboration with many agricultural partner organizations and government entities to help promote information-sharing regarding GAPs and farm safety.

We are here to help you with farm food safety questions

If you are a fruit and vegetable grower and need assitance with food safety questions and practices on your farm, please contact us at safety@umn.edu or 612-625-1951. We can:

  • Review food safety plans and help you prepare for a GAP audit if you need one
  • Answer questions about on-farm food safety questions such as well-water testing, handwashing and portable handwash stands, manure and soil amendments, wild and domestic animals on the farm, packsheds and tool and equipment sanitation, pest control, worker training, and recordkeeping
  • Answer questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Produce Safety Rule

UPCOMING GAPs Workshop: Sprout Food Hub Oct 17th, 2017

Tues, Oct 17, 2017 Time: 9:30am – 3:30
SPROUT Food Hub 609 13th Ave NE #8, Little Falls, MN 56345 
Register here: http://z.umn.edu/2017gaps

By the end of this workshop, you will have:
-Learned the most recent food safety information including GAPs audits and the Food Safety Modernization Act and what it may mean for your farm
-Learned how to mitigate and problem-solve potential food safety issues on the farm before produce gets to the warehouse, and
-Practiced writing food safety SOPs and risk assessment statements

You will receive a pre-loaded flashdrive with a food safety plan template and resources to help you learn more 

Cost: Free, thanks to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant

For more information: please contact Annalisa Hultberg at hultb006@umn.edu

Cornell On-line GAPs course

The GAPs Online Produce Safety Course from Cornell University offers an online overview of GAPs and produce safety on the farm. The next course will be offered Sept 13th - Oct 3. The cost is $190 per participant and typically takes 15-25 hours to complete. We have grant funds to pay for the course fee for a limited number of participants. Email safety@umn.edu for more information. (We will likely not have these funds available next year, so take advantage of this offer now!)

Next courses will be offered: Oct 11 - 31 and Nov 29 - Dec 19.

This is a fully-online course that provides a good foundation to understanding GAPs. Taking this course will not result in your farm being “GAPs Certified”. GAPs certification is done by a third party (e.g. USDA, Primus, Global GAP) and involves the successful completion of an on-farm audit.

When registering for the course you will be asked to enter a Group Number. Enter G000107 (those are all zeros). To register: www.ecornell.com/gaps. For more information Read This or email Don Stoeckel at dstoeckel@cornell.edu.


Fact Sheets

Check them out! Simple color Food Safety Fact Sheets on the most popular farm food safety related questions (pdf): 

and, Farm Safety Briefs:

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