FSMA/GAP Training Available

Are You Interested in FSMA/GAP Training?

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) is offering a 2-day PSR/FDA-approved FSMA + GAP grower training, to be held in Otsego County this spring. They need a minimum of 12 participants. NYFC is subsidizing the cost of the workshop, which would be approximately $40 per person, which includes lunch, a certificate of completion, and a binder of materials. Email Greta at leatherstocking.nyfc@gmail.com if you are interested in signing up.

About the Training:

New York State is investing heavily in the New York State Grown and Certified Program "to strengthen consumer confidence in New York State products, address food product labeling, and assist New York farmers so they can take advantage of the growing demand for local, high quality food". To encourage participation, the state has made available substantial funding to help farmers meet the program's requirements (https://certified.ny.gov/funding-opportunities). .

In order to become NYS Grown and Certified, farmers need to get GAP certification, so the proposed 2-day NYFC training would cover how to write a farm food safety plan, which is required for GAP. NYFC offers trainings across the country to help familiarize farmers with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As of 2018, all fruit and vegetable producers are subject to Produce Safety Rule (PSR) regulations. All non-exempt farms are required to have at least one owner or managerial staff member on site who has attended an approved FSMA PSR training such as these ones. Even exempt farms are required to keep certain records related to their exemption, which are covered as part of NYFC's trainings. And, regardless of your scale, everyone can benefit from learning about food safety practices on the farm!

Please email leatherstocking.nyfc@gmail.com if you're interested.

CADE: Market Access Services

Are you interested in finding more markets for your farm products but don't know where or how? CADE is embarking on some intensive marketing and sales work on behalf of Catskills farmers and is here to help you! In order to receive these free services, please fill out this quick survey to tell us a little more about your farm. After we've reviewed your survey, we will follow up to schedule a meeting to develop a marketing and sales strategy customized for you and your farm.

No-cost Agriculture Energy Audit Opportunity

The Program offers farms and on-farm producers no-cost energy audits that provide recommendations for energy efficiency measures. Energy audits are important tools to help farmers make the best decisions for their operations and to help them become economically and environmentally sustainable.