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Funding Assistance for

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification

The Orange County Economic Development Department is pleased to announce funding assistance for farmers who are interested in becoming GAP certified in order to increase market opportunities and also provide local healthy foods in our schools.

GAP Certification is often required by institutional and wholesale buyers of fruits and vegetables as a way of assuring that the products purchased from farms are safe.

The goal is to increase the number of GAP certified farms in Orange County and to give those farms more options for the sale of their products.

Funding for this effort is from an initiative by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to get more local fruits and produce into the local school system.  GAP certification will not only help with this effort but also allow local farmers potential access to other markets that also require GAP.

The funding is intended to cover the costs of; 1) an initial GAP training class, 2) on-farm audits by third parties, 3) potentially all or a portion of any costs associated with infrastructure upgrades required to qualify for certification.

Funds will be dispersed to qualified farmers (already in production with sales of fruits or vegetables) on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last.

This is a pilot program to determine interest among Orange County farmers.

The GAP Certification is a one-year certification and would need to be renewed annually.

If successful, additional support will be offered to producers in accessing markets, potentially including school systems.

Two regional GAP training classes will be offered in December, 2017 (12/5 in Durham, NC and 12/11 in Cary, NC),see the link below for details.  Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance to fulfill verification for those planning for a GAP audit.  Additionally, there will be a follow-up training on December 12th in Durham NC regarding writing a food safety plan.  Anyone who attends one of the first two GAP workshops can attend the Writing a Food Safety Plan

https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/food-safety-trainings/

We encourage you to consider taking advantage of this innovative program to assist Orange County farmers in accessing more and diverse markets.

Please call or email Mike Ortosky, Orange County Agriculture Economic Developer or Tina Love, Administrative Assistant at the Orange County Economic Development Office for more information.

mortosky@orangecountync.gov    or    tlove@orangecountync.gov

919-245-2325 

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