All Growers participating in Farm to School Yolo are required to follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).
GAP is defined as guidelines that ensure that field operations account for potential food safety issues. A typical GAP program addresses the food safety topics of site selection, adjacent land use, fertilizer usage, water sourcing and usage, pest control and pesticide monitoring, harvesting practices and food defense. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are developed and incorporated into the GAP program, providing guidance with respect to potential points for contamination and preventative or corrective measures to mitigate their effects.
In order to assist growers in becoming GAP compliant Primus Labs offers the following documents free of charge.
- Ranch Audit Checklist
- Ranch Audit Scoring Guidelines
- Ranch Audit Short Form
- Ranch Audit Paperwork Checklist
- Harvest Crew Audit Checklist
- Harvest Crew Scoring Guidelines
- Harvest Crew Short Form
Food Safety Manual Development
- Sample Food Safety Manual
- Primus Labs Online Food Safety Manual Development Tools
- Free Food Safety Tools
Contacts that can help in the developing your food safety manual or becoming GAP compliant
Each person listed has participated in the Primus Labs Local Farmer Food Safety Training Program.
The Yolo County Department of Agriculture
- Dennis Chambers - 530-666-8140
- Elpidio Tijerino - 530-666-8140
- Michelle Lawson - 530-666-8140
Yolo County Farm Bureau
- Denise Sagara
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers
- Cathy Carlson - 831-818-4109