Sheldon, Iowa — If you’re a farmer or grower who sells your products directly to consumers, like at a farmer’s market, or if you are considering expanding to foodservice or other markets, there’s a workshop coming up in Sheldon just for you.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a Level 1 workshop covering Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). This one-day training will be held on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. It’s to be in Building A, Room 117. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The workshop goes from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Angela Shaw, professor in food safety and program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach says that “Good Agricultural Practices” workshops provide farmers with the information they need to ensure their food products are safe when sold to the consumer or retail markets. She says that because of consumer awareness about food safety, these workshops are essential.
Level 1 training is for growers who provide food to consumers through community-supported agriculture or farmers markets, or are considering retail foodservice sales. The training covers good agriculture best practices and market considerations.
The workshop, led by Dr. Catherine Strohbehn, who is an Iowa State University Adjunct Professor and is the Nutrition Extension State Specialist, will include presentations, hands-on activities and small group discussion.
Contact your local extension office for more information.