Free produce safety courses/certifications offered to small and wholesale growers

Produce Food Safety Certification Sessions 2011   ♦  Good Agriculture Practices (GAP’s) – Good Handling Practices (GHP’s)

All produce growers who did not attend voluntary produce food safety (GAP/GHP) training sessions in 2009 or 2010 are encouraged to do so in 2011.  This training program is offered

Courtesy of Fruit and Growers Association of Delaware

by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and the certificate is issued by the Delaware Department of Agriculture.  Trainings are also sponsored by the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware.  This certification program satisfies wholesale buyer requirements that growers attend GAP/GHP training.  Smaller growers that do not market wholesale are also encouraged to be certified and learn about best ways to keep produce safe from food borne pathogens.

Growers that do limited wholesale and mostly direct market will only need to do 3 hours of training.

Growers that do significant wholesale must attend 6 hours (2 sessions) of training to be certified.

CERTIFICATION SESSIONS IN 2011

SUSSEX COUNTY – Sessions at the University of Delaware, Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Call (302) 856-7303 to register.  Email Tracy Wootten, wootten@udel.edu or Cory Whaley, whaley@udel.edu for more information.  Dinner is provided.

Small Growers (limited or no wholesale) – 3 hour training, April 14, 2011, 6-9 pm.

Wholesale growers – session 1, March 10, 2011, 6-9 pm., session 2, March 17, 2011, 6-9 pm.

KENT COUNTY Sessions at the Kent County Extension Office, Dover (UD Paradee Building), 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901. Call (302) 730-4000 to register. Contact Phillip Sylvester for more information.

Small growers (limited or no wholesale) – 3 hour training, April 4, 2011, 6-9 pm.

Wholesale growers – 6 hour training, March 3, 2011. 9 am-3 pm.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY – April 26, 6 to 9 p.m. is the session in Newark.

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