The Wallace Center is pleased to release the report and assessment of the Good Natured Family Farms Group Good Agricultural Practices pilot project.
Recently, produce buyers, including retail, food service, and government agencies, have increasingly demanded demonstration of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) from growers, which can create significant obstacles for small and mid-range operations. The “group approach” strategy emerged to address market requirements for third party GAP verification, and in 2010, USDA solicited the partnership of Good Natured Family Farms to convert its individual farm GAP program to the group approach. The pilot project has so far proven that this sort of system is feasible, and it is now the goal of the program to develop a credible group certification system that will make it attractive to all members of the produce supply chain, from farmers to aggregators and distributors to retail and food service buyers.
Visit the National Good Food Network site to learn more about our Food Safety efforts: ngfn.org/foodsafety.