University of Maryland Extension

GAPs class and mock audit at Baltimore urban farm

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fruit
When: 
Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017 - 8:30am to 2:30pm
Where: 
Baltimore City Community College and Whitelock Community Farm
Address: 
Baltimore City Community College
West Pavilion
3100 Towanda Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
United States
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Presenter: 
Justine Beaulieu, Deanna Baldwin
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Vegetable farmers are invited to a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) class and on-farm mock audit in Baltimore, MD on Tues, Sept 12.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) is a voluntary food safety certification program for farmers who produce fresh fruit and vegetables. This GAPs class will be tailored towards urban farmers and farmers who direct-market their produce.

Topics covered include highlights of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); Good Agricultural Practices such as addressing pre-harvest and post-harvest water quality issues; and MDA/University of Maryland programs to assist producers in implementing GAP.

This event is organized by University of Maryland Extension. It will be taught by University of Maryland faculty and Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Staff. It is sponsored by Future Harvest CASA and a NIFA USDA grant (award #2016-70017-25503).

Time and location: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, September 12. The morning will be a classroom session located in the West Pavilion building of Baltimore City Community College, at 3100 Towanda Ave, Baltimore, MD. Lunch will be provided. In the afternoon we will visit Whitelock Community Farm to hear about their journey towards GAP certification and see how MDA staff would conduct a farm audit as part of the GAPs certification process.

Registration and cost: Participation is capped at 25, so please register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-farm-gaps-class-tickets-36231279733  The fee is $15 and will cover lunch and refreshments. All other costs are covered by a NIFA USDA grant (award #2016-70017-25503).

  • Future Harvest Beginning Farmer Trainees should contact Sarah Sohn sarah@futureharvestcasa.org for a sponsored registration code.
  • One work-study scholarship is available for a participant willing to arrive early to help.

For more information, please contact Neith Little, nglittle@umd.edu 410-856-1850 x123. The program is open to all. Please direct requests for accommodations to Neith Little by Sept 5.

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin

Cost: 
$15
Contact: 
Neith Little
Contact Email: 
nglittle@umd.edu
Contact Phone: 
410-856-1850 x123
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