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PASA Education Event- Harmonized GAP: A Case Study

January 17, 2017 Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event

Event Overview
Location
  Red Earth Farm 
  5785 Golden Key Road 
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Date & Time
  Tuesday, January 17
  10am-2:30pm
Cost
  $15 Members
  $20 Non-members
Event Description
Join PASA on Tuesday, January 17, in Berks County, as the farmers at Red Earth Farm and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Supervisor, Brenda Sheaffer, present on Red Earth’s recent Harmonized GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification.

At this event, the Red Earth team will talk about their decision to become Harmonized GAP-certified, and why they chose Harmonized GAP certification, in particular. They will present on the process by which Red Earth came into compliance—including establishing record-keeping systems, standard operating procedures for harvest and processing of produce, and the development of their processing and packing facilities to requisite levels. A tour of Red Earth’s updated packing-processing facility, as well as discussion regarding Red Earth’s Food Safety plan, will take place. Ms. Sheaffer will present on Red Earth’s journey from the certifying agency’s perspective, and will be available to answer questions from the audience about Red Earth’s certification but also about the GAP process, in general. Red Earth was Harmonized GAP-certified in August, 2016, and has passed multiple audits in the months following.

GAP certification will eventually be required under the Food Safety Modernization Act for agricultural operations at a specific scale; increasingly, however, access to certain markets—particularly wholesale—is requiring this certification, regardless of the size of the farm operation. This is a good opportunity for farms potentially interested in GAP certification to talk with a farm that has recently gone through the process, and for agriculture service professionals, as well as industry representatives, to gain a better understanding about this certification, in general.
Registration will be open from 12/16/2016 to 1/16/2017 at noon.
Speaker & Host Information
Farmer Mike Ahlert, along with his wife, Charis Lindrooth, are the owners of Red Earth Farm. Red Earth Farm’s CSA program was ten years old in 2016 and consists over 600 members.

Farm Manager Kim Butz joined the Red Earth team in 2016, in part to help the farm navigate the regulatory aspects of their Harmonized GAP-certification. Kim has a background in agriculture, as well as the natural gas industry, which served as a good training ground in learning to work with government agencies and regulatory compliance.

Brenda Sheaffer is the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Fruit/Vegetable Commodity Program Supervisor. She has worked with Red Earth regarding their Harmonized GAP certification, and has performed many inspections and consultations with farms around GAP, in general.
FAQ
Do you allow walk-ins?
Sorry! Space is limited and we cannot allow walk-ins for this event. Call (215) 804-4731 for more information.
Is there financial aid for this event?
Sorry, there is no scholarship for this specific event.
What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
This event will be primary inside, but we will tour an unheated packing facility, so dress accordingly.
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill on site and stay hydrated.
Bring a note-taking device.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day.
Will food be served?
Yes, lunch is included with the registration fees. The menu has not yet been set.
What if I have food allergies?
After registering, please contact PASA with any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Requests made at least two weeks in advance can usually be accommodated.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Aaron de Long at (215) 804-4731 or aaron@pasafarming.org for more information about this event.
Registrant Information



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