Virginia Cooperative Extension Provides Fresh Produce Food Safety Training

Greenhouse fans whir at Mike Calhoun’s hydroponic lettuce-growing operation while workers harvest the four varieties grown at Stover Shop Greenhouses in Churchville, Virginia.

Calhoun’s farming operation is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program, an initiative that requires an internal audit of bookkeeping, growing, and production operations. Once growers pass the audit, they can apply for a GAP logo to display on packaging.

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Fresh Produce Food Safety Team can help growers earn the certification, which sends a message to consumers and big box store clientele that they use practices that reduce the risk of contamination within the supply chain.

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