Good Agricultural Practices Training Workshop Friday, June 16
Good Agricultural Practices, or GAPs, for fruit and vegetable production will be the focus of this three- hour training. The workshop will be held on June 16 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ohio State University Extension, Geauga County office, located at 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd., Burton, OH 44021.
“The Food and Drug Administration released the final produce safety rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act,” said Lindsey Hoover of Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Team. “Whether or not a farm will be exempt from these rules, all growers are responsible for providing safe produce to their consumers.”
Ohio State University Extension educators will present the 3-hour GAPs program. Participants will receive standard operating procedures, record keeping paperwork, presentation handouts, and a certificate of participation, as verification to customers that the farm operator has received training in GAPs.
But Hoover said attendees won’t actually become “certified in GAPs” by attending the GAPs class. That certification comes only through having one of many possible farm audits conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or a third-party company. “Find out what your farmers’ market, produce auction, or buyers require. Some may require training on GAPs, while others may require the full food safety farm plan and farm audit, or both.” Many large grocery chains require their produce suppliers to have full food safety plans and audits. On the other hand, for small farms selling at stands and markets, learning about GAPs is a good way to stay competitive.
Contact the Ohio State University Extension Office to RSVP by calling (440) 834-4656, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is $20 per person, payable by cash or check, with checks made out to Ohio State University Extension. The total registration cost is reduced due to a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Program, which helps to cover costs and is only $20.
More information can be found at geauga.osu.edu
SOLON WOMEN IN BUSINESS ANNOUNCES
BUILDING BRIDGES: Connecting Women Across NE Ohio
The Solon Women in Business (SWIB) announce a new event especially for women Building Bridges: Connecting Women Across Northeastern Ohio. The networking event is Wednesday, June 28 from 5-7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Lobby at Cuyahoga County College, Eastern Campus at 4250 Richmond Rd. in Highland Hills. The event will serve hearty appetizers and a cash bar will be on site.
Michaleen Paul, Chair, says "The Solon Women in Business Committee is thrilled to present this forum, in collaboration with 7 other local chambers of commerce, to connect women across Northeast Ohio for an engaging evening of FUN networking and exchange of best business practices." Participating chambers include Solon, Beachwood, Hudson, Twinsburg, Rootstown, Streetsboro, Nordonia and South Summit and is open to all women interested in networking with other women.
Solon Women in Business is a forum “where women support other women; participants leave with new ideas, skills, confidence, and fresh perspectives to add more value to their company” says Paul, SWIB Chair and Realtor, Your Paul Team-Keller Williams GCSE. SWIB hosts quarterly meetings including a Womens’ EXPO, Taste of Solon and other fun networking events for women.
To register go to www.solonchamber.com or call 440 248-5080. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members.
For more information about Solon Women in Business and the Solon Chamber of Commerce, please contact Jennifer Natale at email@example.com or 440-248-5080.