December 10 - December 11, 2013
8:30 am registration & refreshments; 9:00 am - 3:30 pm training
Fire Training Center
7690 State Street Road
Batavia, NY 14020
$60.00 per farm
Contact Angela Parr if you need to borrow a laptop for Day 2
HostCornell Cooperative Extension & Cornell GAPs
email Angela Parr
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Farm Food Safety Training with GAPs (Genesee County)December 10 - December 11, 2013
In recent years, several food borne illness outbreaks in produce have made national news. Both the produce industry and the federal government have stepped up demands for fruit and vegetable farms to meet food safety practice standards. These standards are known as GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices).
A new program, Harmonized GAPs, has been developed to combine several food safety certifications into one program. New York's retail produce buyers, such as Wegmans, are asking growers to adopt Harmonized GAPs certification in many cases.
In response, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cornell Vegetable Program, the Cornell Lake Ontario Fruit Team, the Produce Safety Alliance, and the Cornell National GAPs Program, with assistance from NY Ag & Markets, will be presenting a training for farm food safety or GAPs, including Harmonized GAPs. The training is open to all produce farms and related industry people. This workshop is partially funded through a grant from the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority.
Tuesday, December 10
What is GAPs?
How does GAPs work?
What does it mean for my farming operations?
Wednesday, December 11
Write a food safety plan for your farm*
Optional supplemental session
Mock audit (at a participant's farm during the growing season)
$60.00 per person registration includes educational materials, lunch and refreshments. Add $15.00 each for additional attendee from the same farm. Space is limited! Pre-register by December 6, 2013. Mail the GAPs flyer and registration form in with your payment, or register and pay online here.
* A laptop computer is required for the second day. If you need to borrow a computer, please let us know in advance. If you are not computer savvy, please bring a person with you that has computer knowledge and skills.
GAPs flyer & registration form (PDF; 604KB)
Beating Back the Bugs - Walk & Talk
May 14, 2014This month we'll be focusing on insect management. What are some of the main pests, and what is the best way to deal with them? Learn how to develop a proactive, integrated pest management approach and bring all your questions about spray effectiveness, beneficials, scouting, and more.
Fertility from the Ground Up - Rolling Hills May Meeting
May 20, 2014Prof. Steve Reiners will be the guest speaker this month. His focus is on vegetables, extension, and fertility.
Tues. 6:00 pm
Steve will start out with a discussion on basic soil science (how different types behave, what soil characteristics influence fertility) and move into a discussion on how to use that understanding to improve your nutrition programs.
Please bring a copy of your most recent soil test! It will help us answer your questions. Growers can also bring soil samples that they'd like to have checked for pH or submitted to the lab for full analysis.
Beneficial Insect and Habitats - Rolling Hills Discussion Group
June 17, 2014Abby Seaman and Marion Zuefle, of the NYS IPM Program, will teach which beneficial insects are used to control certain pests. Come learn about their lifecycles, predation strategies, and potential to be used on your farm!
Tues. 6:00 - 7:30pm
Kira White, Vegetable Manager at Honeyhill Farm, will discuss her use of benefical insect promoting habitat. Attractive habitats provided by flower beds, certain cover crops, and banker plants help draw beneficials to your crop.