Small scale growers who did not attend voluntary produce food safety (GAP/GHP) training sessions in 2009 or 2010 are encouraged to do so in 2011. This training program is offered by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, and the training certificate is issued by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Trainings are also sponsored by the Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware.
Smaller growers that do not market wholesale are encouraged to become trained and learn about best ways to keep produce safe from food-borne pathogens.
Please Note: Training sessions for wholesale growers were held in Kent and Sussex counties in early March.
KENT COUNTY – Kent County Extension Office, Dover (UD Paradee Building), 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901. Call (302) 730-4000 to register. Contact Phillip Sylvester for more information.
Small growers (limited or no wholesale) – 3 hour training, April 4, 2011, 6-9 pm.
SUSSEX COUNTY – University of Delaware, Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. Call (302) 856-7303 to register. Contact Tracy Wootten or Cory Whaley for more information.
Small Growers (limited or no wholesale) – 3 hour training, April 14, 2011, 6-9 pm.
NEW CASTLE COUNTY – New Castle County Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road
Newark, DE , 19716, Phone (302) 831-2506 to register. Contact Maria Pippidis for more information.
Small Growers (limited or no wholesale) – 3 hour training, April 26, 2011, 6-9 pm.