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WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY AND HOW

 

At the time Juli had to do 100% of the orchard work, care for a busy real estate practice, create and host a world-wide real estate radio show called "Real Estate, Real Advice"  and her husband was scheduled for a major spinal sugery in 10 days.   There was too much on her plate.

 

Cherry orchards get one payday per year. Not getting this food safety job done meant no farm income for a year at a time when her priority was taking care of her husband, second came the orchard with the real estate practice coming in last.

 

She had to figure out what this was all about, find the rules, create a system and pass the audit.

 

The rules were spread out among a number of publications.  She read them many times - in Steve's hospital room -  fitting the rules into a regular day on the farm

 

She passed, her field man saw the system and asked her to help his growers. Updated at least annually, The Farm Plan meets the fast changing rules.

In early 2012, Juli Ogden's pack house required certification in 90 days. That urgency caused her to  intensely study food safety rules and write a system for her farm.

ANSWER IT, NOW PROVE IT

GLOBALG.A.P. requires proof. Forms, logs, policies and risk do that for you - and all are provided by the Farm Plan.  They want your farm to be clean.  It probably already is.

 

GLOBALG.A.P. requires you track and store chemicals carefully. You are probably doing that, too.  The Farm Plan is your guide to certification. 

IN A LOCAL PRODUCE DEPARTMENT

I was very recently, at a large chain grocery store that sells only certified crops. I asked a woman if I could take her picture.  She was very pleased. I was not.

The picture shows what I frequently hear in my workshops. "I pay extra and work harder to prove my crops are clean. At the grocery store people handle and sneeze all over the produce. What is the point?"

Seeing this dog in a cart someone else would soon use for their food really bothered me.  

So, what is the point of food safety?

 

GLOBALG.A.P. began about 20 years ago in Germany in response to a group of school children who died from food poisoning.  Grocery stores agreed to sell only certified produce.  This was a movement that swept across Europe and eventually came to the US.  It is a confusing system, written in 'world english' and is far from perfect.  But the intent is to save lives.  It has a long way to go, but many of the practices do save lives. 

YOU ARE ALREADY DOING MUCH OF THE WORK

GLOBALG.A.P. requires proof.  Forms, logs, policies, risk assessments provide quite a bit of that proof.  They require that you document the management of your chemicals. You are probably doing some of that too.  Our checklist ensure you get the entire job done right. 

ONE FARMER’S OPINION

When first learning about GLOBALG.A.P. I felt like a child looking up at my Dad while he told me” do it, or else”.  That ‘or else’ meant big trouble.  No farm dog.  Massive paperwork.  Who was behind this?

In response to grower questions, our packing house held a food safety training day.  We were handed a confusing 328 page binder of regulations that repeated itself, was full of strange words and was presented by a highly educated person who had no clue how to talk to a farmer.  We had to do everything it said it and pass an annual audit during harvest IF we wanted to sell our crops.  That room held 70 irritated, threatened growers.

All farmers are educated, some in higher education and some in the field.  We learn from experienced farmers who know how to raise a crop correctly and safely.  We learn new methods at grower meetings.  We follow many rules.  We do not want to raise a crop that causes illness or death. We are willing to make changes to sell our crop to the world market.

Computer experts should not write farm manuals. Policies must be written for their audience. 

 

In my work history I served as a deputy sheriff retiring after eighteen years of service.  I was trained and skilled in report writing. I wrote hundreds. Reports need to be written in a way that can be used and understood in a jury trial. 

 

Jurors have various degrees of education, ranging from a master’s degree down to a basic elementary education.  Each juror has an equal vote in the matter being heard and because of that I wrote my reports so the least educated juror would have a full understanding of the events.  This worked fine for the more educated jurors, making the process easier.

The Farm Plan answers the questions, making the whole thing much easier.  I’m more than impressed.

What .....

WHAT CROPS NEED CERTIFICATION?

We work with every fruit and vegetable crop.  Orchards, row crops and even aquaponic lettuce greenhouses. Processing and storage facilities too.

WHAT IS A FARM ASSURER?

The Farm Plan / Juli Ogden has been trained in by GLOBALG.A.P. in the rules, passed their tests and was duly licensed.  It really means we have been approved to be an independent consultant.  We do not represent, work for or report to GLOBALG.A.P.  Our clients receive full confidentiality.

When .....

WHEN DO I START?

Begin now for 2018 certification.  It's much easier when you give yourself time to assess and get any needed improvements done. Don't let that scare you.  Most farms already grow safe food.  We will show you how to prove it as inexpensively as possible.

WHEN WILL I BE CERTIFIED

Step 1:  Clean up and organize the farm.

Step 2:  Complete your policy, risk assessments, logs and management plans.

Step 3:  Put the paperwork into use for at least four months.

Step 4:  Document everything

Step 5:  Apply for your audit appointment

Step 6:  Make sure you pass.  Most farms have a few corrections needed after the auditor inspection happens.  That is ok.  You will be given a list and usually 28 days. Corrections can usually be emailed in.  Your certificate will arrive in a few weeks.

 

WHEN CAN I CLAIM MY CROP IS CERTIFIED?

Your crop is actually certified four months into the past and 8 months into the future from your certification date.  That typically means the entire crop for the year of certification is covered.

Where .....

DOES THE FARM PLAN WORK?

Everywhere.  We  travel to many places for custom work and to give workshops.   Get a group of neighboring farms together and we can set up a workshop in your area  If you just want the paperwork and would like to learn on your own that is no problem.  We will ship it to your from our office in Wenatchee, Washington.

Why .....

WHY DO I NEED TO BE CERTIFIED?

Simply for more and better opportunities to sell your crop.  Beginning in 2018 American farms must meet the standards of the US Food Safety Management Act (FSMA).  Modeled after GLOBALG.A.P. it only makes sense to certify under this standard.

How

HOW DO I GET CERTIFIED?

The Farm Plan makes it simple by providing the forms, logs, risk assessments, management plans and your farm policy. That policy set your standards, is a mandatory part of your food safety system.  The policies 7 - 8 pages cover around 70 topics and  teaches you the rules on in a very effective way.

HOW MUCH MORE CAN I DO IN A 24 HOUR DAY?

This is a very common and logical reaction to food safety. The rules were mostly written by people who have a support staff and a regular paycheck.  Translating the written rules into workable solutions is one of the basic goals behind The Farm Plan.

 

HOW DID THE FARM PLAN GET STARTED?

Juli Ogden 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 the rules into the everyday language.  Today, Juli helps farms of all sizes.  She creates custom systems for large farms and gives workshops others.  Using The Farm Planner, attendees spend an intense day learning, asking questions and completing about 75% of the annual paperwork . The Farm Plan includes every policy, risk assessment and form required.

HOW DO I PASS THE AUDIT?

Farm Plan Blog

Rule Changes

Updates

Urgent Alerts

Great Farmer Ideas

Who .....

WHO NEEDS TO BE CERTIFIED?

Farms who want to sell to the larger retailers

 

WHO IS THE FARM PLAN?

TFP is a small U.S. corporation who helps farms get GLOBALG.A.P. certified.  Although trained and licensed by GLOBALG.A.P. TFP is not employed by or contracted to them.  We are farmers who work exclusively with farm

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