Applying Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to Farm-to-School and School Gardens.


The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Food Safety will be offering a FREE Wednesday Webinar on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 2:00-3:15 pm EDT, entitled “Applying Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to Farm-to-School and School Gardens.”


This webinar will define the term GAPs and explain how they can be applied in school gardens and school nutrition programs. Hear from farm-to-school and school garden experts and find out what is happening in schools around the country. Learn what potential barriers you may encounter while sourcing or growing produce and strategies to safely bring fresh produce into your program.


  • Participants will learn the 8 key principles of GAPs
  • Participants will understand how GAPs relate to schools and school gardens
  • Participants will learn about strategies to safely produce or source fresh produce

Program Details:

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Time: 2:00 PM EDT/1:00 PM CDT/12:00 PM MDT/11:00 AM PDT

Duration: 75 minutes (approximately)

View Archived Presentation:

Webinar documents

PowerPoint slides used in the webinar (pdf) 
Proof of Attendance/CEU Form (pdf)

Webinar Resources

Checklist for Retail Purchasing of Local Produce

Food Safety Tips for School Gardens

Verifying On Farm Food Safety

Oklahoma Produce Safety Guidelines Memorandum

School Gardens Q & A

Oklahoma Farm to School Distribution Food Safety Manual

Video on Food Safety

Produce Calculator

Presenters/ Speakers:

Julie Skolmowski, MPH, RD, SNS
Food Safety Specialist- Office of Food Safety
USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Role/Perspective: Moderator

Chris Kirby
Farm to School Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture,
Food & Forestry

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, OK Dept. of Agriculture

Gregg Ferguson, MBA, SNS
South Carolina Dept. Of Education
Office of Health & Nutrition

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, SC Dept. of Education

Tom Schwartz
Standardization and Training Specialist
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service

Role/Perspective: Expert Panelist, USDA

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