On Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 1-4:00 p.m., the OSU Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team will be in Northwest Ohio training produce growers and workers on good agricultural practices and food safety for the produce farm, greenhouse, and backyard gardener. The ½ day workshop focuses on preventing microbial contamination of fruit and vegetables.
The workshop presenters are all specialists from Ohio State University Extension, which is the outreach arm of Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Participants will receive a resource workbook, paper handouts and a certificate of participation as verification for their customers that they've received GAPs training. The workshop does not provide formal certification in GAPs. That certification requires a farm audit conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or a third-party company.
The location of the training will be at the Toledo Botanical Garden Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43615. The registration cost for the training is $20.00 per person. Contact Lee Richter, OSU Extension for more information and to reserve a spot 419-578-6783.