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2016 Community Accreditation for Produce Safety (CAPS) Registration

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What is CAPS?

Community Accreditation for Produce Safety is a voluntary, practical approach to documenting the use of standard practices that reduce food safety risks on farms that grow fresh produce. CAPS uses a simple on-line platform to help you write a plan for these practices and to upload evidence that you implemented them. The evidence is documents and pictures that are in your on-line farm folder, which is then reviewed for completeness by your peers before accreditation is granted.

How do I participate in CAPS?....register and draft your CAPS Plan by April 1!

1. You register here before the April 1, 2016 deadline and pay the $100 fee—this will make your pending CAPS official. Please Note: If you miss this deadline, you will need to wait till next year to get in! Financial and technical support are available for CAPS. Please email Hans (hestrin@uvm.edu) for more info.


2. Create your CAPS account at capsvt.org and draft your produce safety plan before April 1. You don’t need to pay the fee to start CAPS now, and draft a plan! Feel free to pay after you draft your plan, just make sure to do it before April 1.


3. You get feedback on your draft by May 1, and will finalize your Produce Safety Plan by June 1.


4. During the growing season you upload the additional 7 documents / photos required to show implementation of your plan (see the 2016 CAPS Checklist for reference).


5. Your CAPS Farm Folder is due for peer review on Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016. You will have a few weeks to fix any problems or add missing elements. Then you become accredited for the following year, and recieve and eBadge and paper certificate. At the end of each year you can ‘roll over’ your plan, making changes as necessary.

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