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Memphis Tilth USDA GAP Training and Sales Opportunities 

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Memphis Tilth

575 Suzette Street

Memphis, TN 38126

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Memphis Tilth is hosting a free workshop on Friday, December 1, 2017 to provide guidance on how to pass a GAP audit, and to connect farmers with FreshPoint representatives who are interested in purchasing GAP certified produce from our region. The full agenda is outlined below.

Memphis Tilth recently completed GAP audits for two of our gardens and for Bring It Food Hub. We will share resources and lessons learned from the process so that you can successfully pass an audit. Hint: It's easier than you think!

A USDA GAP auditor will also present on the necessary steps for passing a GAP audit. Our goal is to make sure that everyone who attends this workshop leaves with the confidence to pass a GAP audit, and with the ease of knowing that these audits are not as scary as you may think! We will also discuss the benefits of cost sharing audits to make them more accessible and affordable to growers.

FreshPoint is the largest produce distributor in the nation, and they are committed to buying produce from GAP certified farms in our region. FreshPoint contracts with Aramark to distribute produce to large business and institutions in Memphis such as FedEx, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, and the University of Memphis.

FreshPoint will present on their commitments to buying local produce, and how they are able to support farms in this process. Representatives from FreshPoint will stay after the workshop to meet with farmers individually to discuss purchasing opportunities.

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Light breakfast items and coffee provided

8:30-9am: Introductions and Workshop Goals

9-10am: Introduction to FreshPoint & Regional Farm Produce Purchasing Opportunities (Jim Williamson and Don Upton of FreshPoint)

10-10:30am: Lessons Learned and Ideal Resources for Passing a GAP Audit (Melissa Dison of Memphis Tilth)

10:30-10:45am: Short break

10:45am-12pm: Demystifying the GAP Process (Valeria DeSantis, USDA GAP Auditor)

12-12:15pm: Closing remarks (Memphis Tilth)

1-5pm: Individual farmer meetings with FreshPoint at Memphis Tilth

Schedule your individual meeting with FreshPoint here:
https://doodle.com/poll/zvkis6mrwqztz5es

Lunch will be provided to farms that schedule individual meetings with FreshPoint

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