Completed Project Report


Bridging the GAPs - WV Food Safety Training for Small and Mid-Sized Farms

  • Award Amount: $32,043
  • Regional Center: Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2016 Education Projects

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Project Overview

Growing consumer demand for local, distinctive foods has increased local food market opportunities in WV. However, recent policies such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and increased produce-related foodborne illness outbreaks has raised anxiety/concerns among consumers and producers alike about the safety of directly-marketed produce.

We provided food safety education to help producers stay well-positioned in the local food movement and meet buyers' expectations of safe foods, in a cost-effective manner. One-hundred-and-twenty two produce direct-marketers attended a 3-module short-course covering food safety risks, recommended GAPs/GHPs, on-farm food safety assessment, economics of food safety implementation, food safety planning, on-farm mock audits, record-keeping and voluntary certification, and effectively communicating food safety compliance. Six months post-training, 122 producers have reported implementing at least two food safety recommendations, 63 producers reported implementing a food safety plan with appropriate documentation, 36 have expanded sales and profitability, and 10 have successfullly passed their GAPs audits.


Number of Participants: 122

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