CAPS Food Safety Resources

Here is a brief linked list of some prominent on-farm produce safety programs that can support CAPS growers.

VT Practical Produce Safety ManualUniversity of Vermont Extension–Provides a manual and overview to help growers manage food safety risks while improving  production efficiency and quality control

Produce Safety AllianceCornell University–Provides comprehensive science-based, on-farm food safety trainings, curriculum and educational materials to fresh fruit and vegetable farmers, packers, regulatory personnel and others interested in the safety of fresh produce.

Small Farm Food Safety Program–University of California —Provides workshops and templates for smaller-scale growers, as well as links to third-party auditors that will complete GAPS audits.  GAP Template based on Oregon’s work.

RI GAPS program—Cooperative Extension of RI.  Provides training and certification for RI Farms.  This certification program was adopted for small farms –from USDA GAPS in 2002 by NE states.  RI took it over as their main  GAP certification program.

Georgia GAP  – Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA)— Provides flexible and personal consultation services for participating GFVGA members, mostly to prepare for third party audits.  No template!  GFVGA serves members in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, and Indiana.

Penn State Food Safety Program— Provides Assistance for agricultural producers to tackle new food safety challenges using Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) including writing a farm food safety

On the Farm Food Safety Project.--Family– A non-profit partnered with USDA GAPS  helps farmers learn about food safety, create a personalized on-farm food safety plan with an on-line tool , and then work with USDA GAP to become food safety certified

Commonwealth QualityMA Department of Agriculture— a brand designed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, serves to identify locally sourced products that are grown, harvested and processed right here in Massachusetts using practices that are safe, sustainable and don’t harm the environment. Commonwealth Quality-certified growers, producers, harvesters and processors not only meet stringent federal, state and local regulatory requirements, but also employ best management practices and production standards that ensure consumers receive the safest, most wholesome products available

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