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FOOD SAFETY 

What is the Big Deal?

 Food safety has become a very big deal in the market.  

  1. Major grocery stores require fruit and vegetables come from a certified farm.  This means pack houses, processors and crop brokers also require it.

  2. The United States has created laws that require safe practices.

The bottom line requirement in food safety is to stop cross contamination between people, materials, chemicals, manure and water.  Most farms have cleanup, organization, and a lot of worker training to do, but you are much closer than you think.

What is a GLOBALG.A.P. certified Farm Assurer?

 Juli Ogden has been trained in by GLOBALG.A.P. in the rules, passed their tests and was duly licensed.  It really means she is approved as an independent consultant who works directly for farms.

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Why do I need to be certified?     To maintain and grow your access to all markets. Although, GLOBALG.A.P certification is voluntary, keep in mind that American farms must meet the standards of the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). GLOBALG.A.P meets most of the FSMA regulations.

Which farms can be certified?   All of them.  GLOBALG.A.P. Made Simple works with aquaponic, orchard, root, row and vine crops - every fruit or vegetable crop in all locations using all farming styles.  Each farm is different.  It can take a bit of time to get ready - usually about 3 months.

Who is The Farm Plan?     The Farm Plan is a small U.S. corporation who helps farms get GLOBALG.A.P. certified.  Nearly 650 to date.

When do I start?   By starting nopw you give yourself time to assess and make some improvements.  Don’t let this scare you. Most farms already grow safe food.  The Farm Plan shows you how to prove it as inexpensively as possible.   If you follow the steps, you will pass.  Most farms have a few corrections needed after the auditor inspection happens.  That’s ok and normal.  You will be given a list and usually 28 days. Corrections can usually be emailed in.  Your certificate will arrive several weeks after the audit date.

When will I be certified.   Once your farm and paperwork are prepared an auditor will come to the farm for a complete inspection. You may find one or more corrections are needed.  You'll be given 28 days to get them done, provide proof and your certificate will be the way.

When is my crop is certified?   As soon as any corrections are approved.  Your actual certificate can take a bit more time.

How much more can I do in a 24 hour day?   This is a common and logical reaction to food safety.  The good news is that you are likely already doing many of the required steps.  To prove you grow a safe crop The Farm Plan has translated the rules into a common sense step-by-step solution program organized into a regular day on the farm.

How did The Farm Plan Get Started?   In 2012 Juli Ogden was required  to get her cherry orchard certified.  Feeling a but overwhelmed she began outlining well over 300 pages of rules.  that outline became logs, forms, policies, risk assessments and checklists.   She read every rule over and over – for what it said and what it did not say. .  She organized the jobs into the seasons of farming and translated everything into everyday language.  When her farm consultant saw what she had done he asked her to train the rest of his growers.  Since then The Farm Plan has been updated at least every year to include new rules and simplified methods.    Today, Juli helps farms of all sizes with custom program creation, a Do-It-Yourself system, workshops, webinars and speaking engagements.

​Good job Juli. Glad you have a passion about this… You have helped us to keep this all simple and save lots of money in being compliant.

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URGENT UPDATES

GLOBALG.A.P. RULE CHANGES

IN EARLY JULY 2017 a number of GLOBALG.A.P. rule changes were announced. Enforceable in July, they do apply to upcoming  audit.

FSMA:  FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT ACT

The U.S. has development food safety law that applies to all of the United States. Let us know if you would like our report showing how this affects you, an overview of the regulations and how the new law will be enforced.

2018 FARM PLAN UPDATED SYSTEM 

Every year the farm Plan is updated to include new rules, methods and great ideas we learn from farmers. It is time to order your 2018 Farm Planner.

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ABOUT JULI OGDEN

In an industry known for its complexity, Juli Ogden is pioneering a way of doing things that is within reach of every farm, no matter how large or how small.  The Farm Plan is available in a variety of formats.  Training and services offered include public workshops, group consulting and one-on-one custom program development.  Her training is highly practical.  Participants in public training courses walk away having completed much of thier food safety program.  Group and 1-on-1 services are tailored to the crop and individual circumstances.

The Farm Plan covers both GLOBAG.A.P. and ORGANIC programs, allowing farmers to save time and money through a single program.  Based in Washington State, Juli works for farms across the US and around the world.

ORGANICS MADE SIMPLE WEBINAR

Presented by your Aquaponics Association and The Farm Plan
Taught by  Juli Ogden, Organic Experience and

Certified GLOBAL G.A.P. Farm Assurer

Registration Link

https://aquaponicsassociation.org/shop/seminars/grow-your-farm-global-g-a-p-virtual-workshop

Designed especially for aquaponic farms, attend the 4 session Organics Made Simple webinar.

  • $345 for the 4 session series.  Extra people from your farm may attend for only $165.

  • January 15, January 22, January 29 and February 5, 2020 at 9am Pacific Time Zone.

Get a full description on our Events page or go to to www.aquaponicsassociation.com

GLOBALG.A.P. MADE SIMPLE

Food Safety Certification Workshop 

Get about 75% of your annual paperwork DONE! is this one day of in-depth training

Register on our Farmer's Market Page

$265. January 31, 2020 at the Crown Plaza Columbus North

5400 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, Ohio

Taught by expert Juli Ogden, GLOBAL G.A.P. Farm Assurer

This GLOBALG.A.P. food safety certification workshop is designed for all fruit and vegetable crops, using all farming methods, in all locations.  Learn the rules of food safety while we do about 75% of your annual paperwork together.  Each attendee will receive by mail a complete GLOBALG.A.P. Made Simple food safety program that includes:  Binder, Instructions, Your 90+ topic Food Safety Policy, Required logs and forms, Risk assessments and management plans, Detailed checklists, Worker-Training Program and the Sign Masters package.

Certification allows you to sell crops to larger retailers and is a critical step in growing your farm.The Farm Plan contains only and exactly what is required. You will finish this training with our very detailed On-Farm Checklist firmly in hand and the attitude to get it done.

 

A bout Juli Ogden, Lead Trainer and GLOBAL G.A.P Farm Assurer

In an industry known for complexity, Juli is pioneering a way of doing things that is within reach of every farm, no matter how large or how small.   

She is also a food safety expert, speaker and in her former career, Juli was a real estate expert, author and radio show host for Business Talk Radio and Lifestyle Talk Radio.  Juli was Washington State Small Business Woman of the Year at age 32.   Her no-nonsense, easy to understand approach to food safety is refreshing and her presentations are packed with tips and advice the audience can apply to their own operations. Juli became interested in GLOBAL G.A.P when it was required for her Washington state cherry orchard. She teaches food safety from the farmer’s point of view. 

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