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Food safety is more and more of an issue in the world of fresh produce, but most laws and guidance are geared towards large-scale farms. This workshop is designed with the small-scale producer in mind.

What food safety risks are present on small farms? What are the most efficient ways to mitigate those risks? What is the GAP auditing process like for small-scale producers?

This workshop will cover all these questions and more with a morning classroom component, followed by a hands-on demonstration of various food safety tools in the afternoon. Not only will participants understand the general requirements of food safety for small farms, they will also see best practices first-hand. We will cover field practices, harvesting techniques, and post-harvest handling and processing. After this workshop, it will be easy to visualize how to get your small operation GAP compliant.

DATE: Tuesday, June 25

TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


  • Classroom Location (Morning and Lunch): Cherry Hospital Conference Center, Montgomery Drive, Goldsboro NC 27530. There is a parking lot next to the Cherry Hospital Conference Center, at the corner of NC-581 (Old Smithfield Road) and Stevens Mill Road (West Ash Street). The entrance to the conference center building is on Montgomery Drive.
  • Hands-on Demonstration (Afternoon): The Small Farm Unit at CEFS’ Field Research, Outreach, and Education Facility at Cherry Research Farm, 400 Old Smithfield Rd., Goldsboro NC 27530

REGISTRATION: $20 CFSA Member / $25 Non-member. Lunch included. Please call 919.542.2402 to register by phone.

SPEAKER: Chloe Johnson, CFSA

Funding for this project was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM170100XXXXG084. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.